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If you can call any game where the Sox lose to the Yankees a good one, this was it.
Though the Yankees rode a devastating outing from C.C. Sabathia to beat the Red Sox 3-0 to clinch the final regular season series between the arch-rivals, there was an abundance of silver lining in this dark cloud. Dice-K pitched well for the third start in a row since his return from a lengthy stint on the DL, and was mightily unlucky to come up against Sabathia dealing such all-conquering stuff from the outset. The Sox managed just one hit against the Yankee lefty who won his 19th game of the year.
And who doesn’t like seeing A-Rod do stupid stuff? The Yankee third baseman was called out for interfering with Victor Martinez’s throw when he turned to argue a call with the home plate umpire, apparently oblivious to Mark Teixeira all alone between first and second. As they say on the internet, LMAO.
Dice-K did some of his trademark wriggling out of trouble in the fifth, escaping a bases-loaded jam with no outs and A-Rod at the plate. The Japanese righty gave up just one run, a solo shot to Robinson Cano. (New York got their other two runs off Billy Wagner in the eighth.)
And wouldn’t you know it, Rodriguez brushed a little dribbler just in front of the plate, V-Mart pounced on it like a jaguar, and dove athletically back to tag out a sliding Derek Jeter. It was a brilliant play, and should quiet some of the anxiety about Victor’s defensive skills.
Even though he took the loss, he looked pretty sharp. Though he may not challenge Buchholz for the third spot in a playoff rotation, it’ll sure be nice to have the option there.
It’s not quite fair to blame the Sox for looking hapless against a pitcher like Sabathia when he’s throwing that well, so we’ll blame it on the bats.
WP: CC Sabathia
LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka