What happened at Red Sox Yankees game?
The game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday was delayed briefly after a fan threw a baseball at Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo in the sixth inning, hitting him in the back, which led Red Sox manager Alex Cora to pull his team from the field. The AthleticRed Sox-Yankees delayed after fan throws baseball at Alex Verdugo
19 July, 2021 - 02:01pm
A trial and a bum deal — but also some stellar hitting!
White Sox outfielder Rip Radcliffe became the first player in franchise history to collect six hits in a game. He went 6-for-7 with four RBIs and four runs in Chicago’s 21-14 win over the Athletics in Philadelphia.
In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, White Sox outfielder Pat Seerey hit four home runs against the A’s. The Sox would win the slugfest, 12-11, in 11 innings. Seerey is the only Sox player to ever hit that many in a single contest. He went 4-for-6, with seven RBIs and four runs.
The White Sox made a dud of a deal, with long-term implications, trading Chicago native and relief pitcher Kevin Hickey along with prospect Doug Drabek (as the player to be named later) to the Yankees for Roy Smalley.
Smalley would do nothing on the South Side, while eventually Drabek would wind up as the ace of the great Pirates teams of the early 1990s, winning a Cy Young. Drabek finally pitched for the Sox, in 1997, going 12-11 with a 5.74 ERA.
The White Sox brought their hitting shoes to the park for a game with the Royals, as the first eight batters reached base safely as part of a six -run first inning. They’d wind up winning the game, 9-5. Orlando Cabrera led off with a single, A.J. Pierzynski singled, Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch, Jermaine Dye singled, Jim Thome singled, Paul Konerko singled, Nick Swisher singled and Joe Crede singled.
The hits all came off of Zach Greinke.
Without Judge and Gio, the subs are keeping the Yankees alive (and they’re fun to watch, too) | Klapisch
19 July, 2021 - 02:01pm
NEW YORK – Go ahead, give the Yankees props for pulling off a not-so-minor miracle this weekend. This is about the time doom mongers (like me) were thinking ahead to a) the trade deadline, when general manager Brian Cashman would be forced to swallow his pride and blow up the roster and b) spring training 2022, when the Bombers could start rebuilding in earnest.
But none of that is on Cashman’s to-do list today, not after the Yankees took two of three from the Red Sox, including Sunday night’s 9-1 blowout on national television. OK, maybe you think it’s a mirage or part of the Yankees’ cruel plan to break your heart one more time. Fair enough; it’s been hard to trust these guys.
But with little more than 10 days to decide whether the Yankees are in or out of the race, here’s what Cashman is thinking: Hope lives. He’s waiting on the outcome of this week’s two-game series with the Phillies, followed by the season’s most critical sequence — a four-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway this weekend.
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Crazy, isn’t it, to think the Bombers are still breathing, however faintly? Even crazier was taking a series from the Sox without several of their best players, including right fielder Aaron Judge, third baseman Gio Urshela and reliever Jonathan Loaisiga. Thing is, the Bombers were ready to ease out the back door. They had their alibi (COVID) and the woe-is-us pitch (look how many call-ups we needed) to insulate them from further criticism.
The narrative was all but complete after Friday night’s 4-0 loss — a setback so profound even the players had to fight off the gloom. “It would’ve been easy for us to roll over,” pitcher Jameson Taillon said. He’s right. Who was expecting otherwise?
But a funny thing happened while swirling down the tubes. First, Gerrit Cole dominated Boston’s offense in a game that was heavy in rainfall and sideshows. But drill down a level deeper and you were left with this revelation: The Yankees could survive without Judge and Gio, at least in the short term.
And that brought the Bombers to Sunday night, which served as the series’ crossroads and Cashman’s moment of truth. Another loss would’ve erased the momentum from Cole’s tour de force and dropped the Yankees nine games out. That would’ve required sweeping the Philllies and taking 3-of-4 at Fenway, minimum. That’s a big ask.
But Sunday’s bludgeoning of the Sox was more than just a market correction. Sure, Boston was due for a stinker. But it was the way the Yankees took them apart that made Cashman and Boone sit up and take notice. Instead of resorting to the tired, station-to-station playbook, the Yankees re-made themselves in the Sox’ image. They were bold, creative, aggressive. They were the Sox.
In other words, the Yankees were for once fun to watch, hitting the other way, stealing bases, gong first to third. For that, Boone could thank those call-ups, including Greg Allen and Trey Amburgey and Ryan LaMarre.
Throw in Chris Gittens and you’ve got a taxi squad that was thrilled – no, honored – to wear Pinstripes. And more importantly, they arrived from the Class-AAA Wilkes-Barre RailRiders without any muscle memory of the Red Sox’ superiority over the Yankees this season.
The athleticism and intensity level wasn’t forced or planned. It happened organically. As Boone put it, “Some of the (new) players we have in the lineup, they play that game. They did a good job doing the small things that added up big for us.”
Exhibit A occurred in the fifth inning when the Red Sox, down only 2-0, were still believing the Yankees were vulnerable. But Rougned Odor, the Prime Minister of Overswinging, led off with a perfectly placed drag bunt up the first-base line. LaMarre followed with a punch-single through the right side of the infield, sending Odor to third.
This is where Yankees rallies usually go to die. With less than two out the Bombers have brought home a runner from third only 42 percent of the time – last in the majors. Why? Because Boone’s sluggers have bounced into a blur of inning-ending double plays.
But not this time: Allen delivered sacrifice fly, giving the Bombers a three-run lead. It was a breath of fresh air after almost four months of zombie baseball. LaMarre himself said, “When Boonie gave us the green light (to steal), we tried to be aggressive.”
Exhibit B proved the point. While the Yankees were blowing open the game with four runs in the seventh, they stole two bases. That’s no big deal, except that the lumbering Bombers hadn’t had two successful swipes in the same inning since Opening Day.
I know what you’re now thinking by now: This is the wave of the future, or at least the next few weeks. Surge with small ball, right? You’re not entirely wrong. The Yankees have desperately needed a new look. One rival executive recently told me the Bombers are the easiest team in the league to plan for because, “They don’t do anything.”
But that’s not to say Boone could live on this Plan B forever. He needs Judge, who’s having a terrific all-around season. And there’s no infielder more reliable than Urshela.
No, the real lesson has more to do with attitude than actual execution. The taxi squaders haven’t been weighed down by under-performance. They haven’t been booed. They’re likable, relatable. They’ve actually beaten the Red Sox.
If we’re still talking about the Yankees’ enthusiasm a week from today, then it’s a real pennant race. This might be fun after all.
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