I don't know about you guys but I am still a little hyper from tonight's game. And it's ridiculous, isn't it? It's only April 13, we should not be reacting like this to a game so early in the season but this Yankees-Red Sox "rivalry" seems to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Plus, the whole "national game on ESPN" thing didn't help matters either. Most baseball fans had their eyes on the game so it felt bigger than it should have. Basically, I am going to blame the nice weather for tricking me into thinking it was actually September and that the Yankees and Red Sox were in a pennant race.
Now, onto the actual recap!
The Red Sox struck first in the top of the second thanks to a Jonathan Herrera single which scored Ryan Roberts. And when it looked like things were going to get away from Ivan Nova, after a Grady Sizemore single, Jackie Bradley Jr. was thrown out at the plate for the third out of the inning.
The Yankees struck back in the bottom of third when Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run to left off Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. And the bottom of the fourth was when the fireworks happened. We had injuries, we had a challenge, a review, and overturned call and we had a manager ejection! The Yankees actually hit into two force plays in the fourth but it was the second one which would have been the inning ending double play that was reviewed and when the call didn't go the Red Sox' way because Francisco Cervelli was ruled safe (and he was), John Farrell argued and it looked like he may have told the umps to shove something, um, where the sun don't shine, and he was thrown out by Balkin' Bob Davidson who was manned first base tonight. I thinking that Farrell explosion was more about yesterday than anything but I'm not a mind reader and maybe he just was in a bad mood. Brian McCann scored on the play to put the Yankees up 3-1.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, Cervelli was injured on the play and had to leave the game. He pulled his hamstring and from what Joe Girardi was saying in the postgame, a DL trip may be on the horizon.
Oh, you rang?
Ichiro Suzuki came in to pinch run for him and once the inning was over and the defense had to go back out on the field, Ichiro took over in right and Beltran played first.
And how could I forget? The always durable Brian Roberts was also injured. His problem was his back. Who the heck jinxed the Yankees this weekend? Whoever you are can go away now. Thanks.
After a Mike Napoli solo shot in the sixth, the Red Sox were done scoring and the Yankees hung on to win and improve to 7-6 on the year.
- Nova! I'll take seven innings and two runs from him any day (as long as the offense scores more than two.)
- Beltran! He finished 3-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI. It seems he's always a triple away from the cycle.
- Ichiro made an incredible game saving catch in the eighth. It was ball off the bat off David Ortiz and the catch energized the crowd.
- David Phelps doing a Joba Chamberlain impression, in a good way, well after a few panic inducing moments. He came into get the third out of the eighth inning and he did, finally, after giving up a double to Napoli, walking Daniel Nava and hitting A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch. Look, David, I know Pierzynski's an ass but really, hitting him in the eighth inning of close game is not necessary. Phelps finally got Mike Carp swinging for the third out.
- Shawn Kelley setting the Sox down in order in the ninth and being PUMPED UP while doing it. That was fun to see.
- The injuries. Didn't we go through this enough last year? I've had about all I can take.
The Yankees have a day off tomorrow before welcoming the Chicago Cubs to the Stadium for a short, two-game series. I think we all need this day off...