Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bombs away

Five of them as a matter of fact, two for the Sox, three for the Bombers and when all was said and done the W rested next to Mike Mussina. The Sox hit Mussina early, Ortiz fouled off three full count fastballs middle away and when the fourth came down inner half of the plate, the next person to touch the ball was sitting in the upper deck in right. Mike Lowell hit a horrible pitch out giving Schilling a three run lead early, but as my fellow blogger has already stated, Schilling wasn't hitting his spots, this game wasn't over.

Posada stung a double prompting me to tell Neil that I wanted Jorge's babies, Neil thinks that he may not be interested, it made me sad. Cano would single and Bernie would drive Posada home on a sac fly. Melky drew an awesome walk, got to give props to him for that walk, it was extremely impressive and after fouling off a couple of two strikes pitches, Johnny Damon got into one and lined it over Manny's head for a two run game tying triple, but wait, Manny, the worst defender since Titus Bramble (don't worry if you don't get that one you USA folk) made a running catch over his head to record the third out of the inning.

Schilling knew it was big, but it wasn't going to be Schilling's night as Jeter got aboard for the quite amazing Jason Giambi who launched a game tying homer over the 385ft mark in RCF. Giambi would get a curtain call, too many of those are given out these days. Jeter himself would make a great play falling to the floor on an overhead catch in short center field but then it came down to the man who we've all been laying into, A-Rod.

The most expensive player in the game caught up with a 2-1 fastball high in the zone and deposited it a long way away from Jason Varitek's mitt. A mammoth blast that put the Bombers ahead for good and that is why he's a great hitter. Matsui would get on again after a long AB via the base on balls and Jorge would pop one up to RF but it just kept on going and ended up a souvenir and two runs for the home side.

Mussina had settled down but with one on and two out in the sixth, Mussina was yanked by Joe Torre for lefty specialist Mike Myers for the David Ortiz AB. Mussina left the mound to raptures as despite not having a good change all night and the Home plate ump Lanny Vanover squeezing both him and Schilling on the outside corner, he battled through to record yet another quality start, as long as his runner didn't touch the plate.

Myers couldn't get Ortiz so Torre went to his new go to guy, Scott Proctor for Manny. Proctor left a hanging curveball up in the zone for the Boston slugger but he was just too fast for it and yanked it foul. Proctor then decided it was fastball time, the 1-2 was way high, the 2-2 was 96 MPH on the outside corner at the belt and Manny swung through it.

That was the game, Proctor would retire the side in order in the eighth before Mo came in, in a non-save situation to close it out. The Bombers won 7-3 and moved ahead of the Sox in the AL East, albeit only by percentage points.

0 threw a strike:

Post a Comment

<< Home