This is fun. I like this. I like how playing in Yankee Stadium is no big deal anymore. Actually, with the way we’ve been performing there recently, it feels kind of like Fenway. I mean, except for the fact that Fenway is so much better in every conceivable way, of course. I just mean we’re ruling it as if it were Fenway. We have now swept the Evil Empire on their home turf in less than a month’s time. In this series, we scored twenty-five runs to their ten. Yankee fans must be in a world of hurt right now. Cool.
Beckett totally dominated. Seven full innings, two runs on four hits, two walks, six strikeouts. 104 pitches, sixty-five for strikes. Lethal cutter. Lethal two-seam. Excellent curveball. The rest of his pitches on the whole weren’t at the level of those three, but they were still effective. Beckett didn’t record his first strikeout until the third inning, when he rang up Mark Teixeira with a curveball. He would record a second strikeout with his curveball later on. Two other strikeouts were ultimately achieved using the changeup, and one each with the four-seam and the cutter. The two runs he allowed came in the first; he drilled Derek Jeter, and then Curtis Granderson went yard. But Beckett went on lockdown after that, and that was it. It was his fifth win of the season, three of which have come opposite CC Sabathia.
May I say that I derived an immense amount of pleasure from observing the complete and total meltdown of the Sabathia’s entire baseball universe in the seventh inning. Right through the seventh, the game was every bit a pitcher’s duel that the Yankees were in the process of winning by two runs, and we had yet to score. Our best opportunity came in the second with two men on base. The seventh inning erased all those zeroes that came before it. In the seventh inning alone, we scored seven runs.
Papi singled to lead it off and scored on a triple by Lowrie. Crawford grounded out for the first out of the frame. Then Cameron promptly doubled to bring Lowrie home. Tek singled, and Ellsbury singled to bring in Cameron. Scutaro lined out for the second out of the frame. Then Gonzalez singled and brought Tek home. Then Sabathia left, and David Robertson came in. Ellsbury scored on a single by Youk, and Gonzalez and Youk scored on a double by Papi. Eight of our twelve total hits were made in that inning alone.
Scutaro doubled and scored on a double by Gonzalez in the top of the ninth; the Yanks got that run back in the bottom of the inning. But we won, 8-3. No home runs. Nothing too flashy. Just hit after hit after hit in an incredibly huge inning. That one bad inning is pretty bitter medicine, isn’t it.
We are the first team this year to beat the Yanks in six consecutive games, something we haven’t done on the road since 1912. And we did it even with a rain delay of three hours and twenty-seven minutes. In other words, by the time the game could have been over already, which is a fair statement to make considering the fact that the game itself lasted three hours and eleven minutes, we were just getting started. But it was worth the wait. I’ll be taking a break for about two weeks; we’re two games in first, and I expect that, within that time, our first-place lead will widen considerably. If we keep playing like we played during this series, that’s as good as guaranteed.
In other news, from a Bruins perspective, no other time to take a break could possibly be worse.