10-7: Beckett and Ramirez punish Yanks, 7-5

With a very strong outing by Josh Beckett (2-1) and a two home run performance by Manny Ramirez, the Red Sox earned a split of this two game series in New York. Beckett gave the Boston bullpen some much needed rest after some very short starts this week, which overexposed the middle relievers; that’s never pretty on any team.

Jacoby Ellsbury was the leadoff hitter, but instead got hit by a Mike Mussina (1-3) fastball on the fourth pitch. He actually got clipped the second time up there on the fingers. Not surprising; last year Kevin Youkilis was the target, and now they’ve set their sights on Ellsbury. And then there was the Kyle Farnsworth “mistake” that almost hit Manny in the head. This is one reason I say the Yankees stopped having class a long time ago.

Beckett threw 69 of 105 pitches for strikes, going eight innings, and giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, fanning five. He came out commanding from the first pitch, with his fastball sitting at 92-93 mph with good location from the get go. He was able to go the first three innings using only five pitches that were not fastballs. That shows you he’s dealing right there.

Top of the 2nd, Manny homers to center field on a middle-in fastball. Top of the 3rd, with David Ortiz at first, he obliterates a 2-2 fastball at the knees, exiling it to the farthest reaches of left field. What on earth was Mussina doing just throwing him 85 mph fastballs that at-bat? When he tried to reach back and touched 87 on pitches three and four, they were way outside, showing that he was totally overthrowing. 3 of Manny’s 5 homers this year are off of Mussina. Youkilis and J.D. Drew both single sharply, and Girardi inexplicably leaves Mussina in there. I know you want to build trust and all that but this is a bit much. The Yankees pay the price, as Jason Varitek singles home two more runs. 5-0, Red Sox. Give a lead like that to Beckett, and the game is over.

The Sox added two more insurance runs in the top of the 5th on a long double by Drew, making it 7-0. New York finally gets it going in the bottom of the 5th, as they string together a Melky Cabrera walk, Johnny Damon double, a Derek Jeter 2 RBI-single and a Bobby Abreu RBI double.

Just how fast is Jacoby? In the 3rd inning, he was going on a pitchout, and stole 2nd by a mile. Catcher Chad Moeller was in such a hurry that he threw the ball into right-center, and Jacoby promptly got up from his head-first slide and took third on the play. That’s pretty fast.

It was nice to see Youk in the lineup today and go 2-5, after the foul off of his foot yesterday.

With the score 7-3, Jonathan Papelbon came on to pitch the 9th inning. And as is the case with a lot of closers who pitch in non-save situations, the results were not that great. Paps struck out Jason Giambi, then got sloppy on a 2-2 fastball to Jorge Posada, which he promptly ripped into right field. Papelbon bounced a pitch in which got by Varitek, allowing Posada to advance to third. He scores on a fielder’s choice by Robinson Cano, then Cabrera takes Paps deep to right, making it 7-5. Hideki Matsui watched a strike three fastball, and that was that. The last pitch looked a little outside to me, but it’s just one call. The Sox earned this very sweet victory.


One Response to 10-7: Beckett and Ramirez punish Yanks, 7-5

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Farnsworth has been suspended by MLB for 3 games and fined $2,000 for the pitch in question. Farnsworth immediately appealed the ruling, and Manny actually backs him up on this one; he didn’t think it was a big deal. It could have been, had he been hit in the head with a 97 mph fastball.

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