Thursday, April 8, 2010

Game 3 Recap

1. Dustin Pedroia led off the bottom of the third with a double to left. After retiring Victor Martinez and Kevin Youkilis, Andy Pettitte surrendered David Ortiz' first hit of 2010. His base hit to right plated Pedroia to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.

Scott Schoeneweis relieved John Lackey to start the seventh. Jorge Posada laced a one out double to center. Schoeneweis fanned Curtis Granderson for the third time in four career meetings between the two. Schoeneweis gave way to flame throwing Daniel Bard, but Nick Swisher was undeterred. He fouled off three straight fastballs, registering at 97, 97, and 99 MPH according to GameDay. On the fourth pitch of the at bat, Swisher pulled a single through the right side. J.D. Drew's throw was in time to get Posada, but Martinez could not handle it cleanly. After a less than graceful stumble past the plate, Jorgie went back to tag the dish and tie the score.

3. Leading off the top of the tenth, Granderson jumped on an 0-1 Jonathan Papelbon fastball and deposited it in the right field stands for his second home run as a Yankee.

4. Following consecutive walks to Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Nick Johnson, Mark Teixeira hit a slow bouncer to short, allowing Gardner to score an insurance run on the fielder's choice.

IFs, ANDs & BUTs
  • After marathon sessions in the series' first two games, tonight's game, despite being an extra inning affair, was the shortest of the series at 3:21

  • Much of that had to with this being the lowest scoring game of the series, which in turn had to do with both Andy Pettitte and John Lackey, despite not factoring in the decision, turning in strong performances.

  • The Yankees got a scare on the opening play of the bottom of the first, as a collision at first base between Pettitte and Jacoby Ellsbury knocked Pettitte to the ground, skinning his elbow and banging his head against the turf. He recovered, and eventually settled down, to scatter nine base runners and allow just one run over six frames

  • Pettitte beaned Youk with a 90 MPH pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Derek Jeter took a 2-2 cutter in the elbow leading off the sixth. Neither was intentional, and the two plunkees and WBC teammates shared a laugh at first as Jeter took his base.

  • Despite the strong performances from the starters, the pitching star of the game was the recently maligned Chan Ho Park. Park allowed just one hit on only 36 pitches over three scoreless innings. I was afraid that running him out for the ninth was pushing the envelope a bit, but Park delivered. He made five relief appearances of three innings in 2009.

  • Despite his RBI, Mark Teixeira is now 0 for 12 on 2010. Nick Johnson is now 0 for 9. No word yet as to whether the media has questioned either about their horrendously slow starts.

  • Derek Jeter grounded out to short twice; he did the same in both of the series' first two games and added a seeing eye single by the shortstop in game one.

  • Randy Winn once again replaced Nick Swisher for defense, taking over in the bottom of the tenth. It annoyed me when this would happen last year as I felt Swisher was defensively superior to Johnny Damon. With Brett Gardner in left this year though, subbing for Swisher appears to be a prudent move, as Winn grades out extremely well as a right fielder.


  1. I loved seeing CHOP pitch well last night - even if those majestic fly-ball outs were more Phil Coke-ish than I'd care to see. Either way, I loved watching him with the Phils last year and hope he can replicate his bullpen success with the Yanks.

    My two favorite moments of the game were watching Paps get pulled mid-inning after falling apart on the mound and Jeter's playful moment with Youk after getting hit in the 6th. I know some fans don't like to see friendliness between the teams, but I do like it when the players don't ratchet up the rivalry off of what was really just a couple of misplaced inside pitches.

    Seems like these series always feature at least one pitching duel and last night's was a hell of a lot of fun. Winning it didn't hurt either.

  2. I know everyone was probably crapping themselves the moment with Park came in to try to preserve the tie, and I'll admit I was shaking my head at Girardi, but I have to say I thought Park looked great. Pedroia home run on opening night aside -- and find me a relief pitcher that gives up zero home runs -- Park was locating and changing speeds like a beast last night. If he can do that consistently he could be a pretty good weapon out of the 'pen, considering that he can give multiple innings.

    Of course, he could always go out and bomb next time, but for last night those three scoreless innings were huge, and they weren't even tension-filled.

  3. I can't believe Petitte wasn't ejected after that deliberate beaning in Youk's head!!! How many Yankees pitchers are going to do that again and again until MLB does something! Petitte should be suspended ten games and fined.

  4. CHOP was money last night, good to see him bounce back from Sunday night. Also, I'm a big fan of these game recaps.

  5. Jason from The Heartland4/8/10, 11:05 AM

    Park was outstanding, which surprised me, especially given the longer stint. I was especially impressed with how well he looked against lefties. His ability to change speeds, as Larry said, and throw a change-up and slider that danced was very impressive. If he proves to be good--and proves me wrong, which I'd gladly accept--he'll make the Yankees' bullpen dangerously deep. His work yesterday, coupled with today's day off, gave most of the others some rest before Tampa; huge work.

    Papelbon getting pulled after getting touched up, and at 28 pitches, was icing on the cake.

    Anonymous, you're not serious about suspending Pettite, are you? He doesn't have a reputation as either a head-hunter, or even as a guy known to retaliate when one of his own teammates gets hit. I don't believe for a second that he intentionally hit Youkilis.

  6. Jason - I think Anon is either joking, mentally challenged or watches too much ESPN.

  7. What's your obsession with Jeter grounding to short?

  8. No obsession, just fun with small sample sizes. Through three games this season he's put 12 balls in play. Seven of them have gone to the shortstop.