Monday, August 19, 2013
A Fenway Classic
I was going to try to get away from the A-Rod fiasco but how could I when Alex Rodriguez would make his presence felt later in the game. Alex Rodriguez would give his team the lead in the following inning on an RBI groundout that scored Ichiro Suzuki. A-Rod wouldn't be done as he took Dempster deep to straightaway center field for a long home run that made the score 6-4 Boston and set up fireworks for the Yankees in the inning. Ryan Dempster had no business hitting A-Rod with a pitch. To make matters worse, his control was so bad on the first three attempts that he didn't even get Rodriguez! The Yankees went on to score three more runs to take a 7-6 lead when Brett Gardner smashed a Drake Britton offering into the deepest part of the park that scored three runs and put Gardner at third base with a go-ahead triple. Gardner was as fired up as A-Rod was when he hit the home run off Dempster. The Yankees would come out victorious in this one after scoring nine runs to the Red Sox six runs.
CC Sabathia was awful against the Red Sox tonight but he was the beneficiary of an explosive Yankee offense, partly to do with the whole A-Rod circus. In 5.1 innings Sabathia gave up six earned runs on seven hits and walked five batters. His control has been off for two straight games as he has walked eleven batters in his last two starts combined. The bullpen took Sabathia off the hook as they recorded the final eleven outs of the game.
Just something that I want to point out regarding the Red Sox hitting batters. Following the A-Rod HBP, the Red Sox pitchers went on to hit three additional hitters with pitches and nothing was done by the umpires. Even if they missed with location, there is no reason that Red Sox pitchers should be hitting four Yankees in a game. The Yankee pitchers didn't hit any Red Sox with pitches in fear of getting ejected from the game.