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Call it what you will. Yankee pitching stymied the Red Sox bats. Boston just couldn’t put a good swing on the ball. Both explanation serve the purpose of describing why the Boston Red Sox looked so bad during their 3 game sweep by the Yankees. The AL East lead has gone from 8 games to 5 games and the Yankees confidence and momentum couldn’t be higher.
In the three game series the Sox offense had a .146 average, .269 on-base and .315 slugging. Managing only 13 hits in 89 AB’s. Take away Manny’s contribution in Game 1 where he went 2/3 with a HR but couldn’t win the game the Sox hit .128 with a .279 SLG. The Red Sox couldn’t hit but they did walk. 15 total walks to their 13 hits. The Sox can thank two players, Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis. Both had six walks, totaling 12 of the Sox 15 walks and they totaled three RBI’s of the Sox total six runs scored. Now the Sox who underperformed.. Coco Crisp went 0/12. Eric Hinske went 0/7. JD Drew went 1/11. Ortiz went 1/11. Lugo went 1/8. Pedroia went 2/11. Cora 0/3. Can you believe through the series they left 37 men on base? Rhetorical question.
The New York Yankees deserve their due. Yankees starting pitching looked and pitched amazing. They pitched 20 innings, allowing a 1.80 ERA, and kept Boston to .130 average. And in the Game 2 Clemens kept the Sox hit-less through 5.1 innings. In Game 3 Wang held the Sox hit-less through 6.1 innings. Rookie Joba Chamberlain showed the off his stuff, possibly touching 100 MPH on the gun. At least the Yankees reported 100. Most guns got 99 tops. The Yankees look scary.
The Red Sox are moving onto Baltimore where it will be Tim Wakefield versus rookie Radhames Liz. While the Yankees go onto Tampa where Philip Hughes will face Andy Sonnanstine.
-Terry Francona got thrown out of the game in the top of the seventh inning in dispute of an overturned call. The play started by JD Drew grounding to A-Rod at third, A-Rod tried to tag out Youkilis and throw to first. Youkilis trying to avoid the tag ran around A-Rod’s tag but stayed in the baseline. After A-Rod gave up on the tag tag Youkilis came out of the basepath. A-Rod threw out JD at 1B and Youkilis was called safe. After the play the umpires came together and decided Youkilis ran out of the base path to avoid the tag and was out. So instead of it being 2nd and 3rd with one out, it was only 2nd base with two outs.
OPINION: My view was the same as Jerry Remy’s, Youkilis only came out of the base path after he was past A-Rod, so he didn’t run out of the base path to get away from the tag so shouldn’t be out.