This game was probably the most exciting Sox game this season. The rivalry of the Yanks and Sox are always great. So many unusual events and a little controversy turned this whole game around. I did not leave my seat as I wanted to see every minute of BoSox TV. I am going to recap this game in inning by inning form. Tell me how you like it. It’s a new thing I’m tryin’ out.
1st Inning: Not much to say about the first inning. Both teams are coming out hitting. Also, both teams left some men on if I remember correctly. Just a regular 1st inning. 0-0
2nd Inning: In the top of the second, the Yankees come out scoring first. Melky Cabrera hit a high, rainbow shot just inside the Pesky Pole. The Red Sox not doing much but still making contact which I like. 0-1
3rd Inning: In the bottom of the third, the Red Sox play a little small ball to get Pena in for their first run which is not typical Boston Baseball. With Pena on second, Coco Crisp bunted to get him to third. So, then with one out, Julio Lugo uses a sacrifice grounder to Jeter to get Pena in to tie the game. 1-1
4th Inning: The Red Sox had a great 4th inning, with stopping the Yankees and hitting very effectively. With a rare bases loaded and 0 outs situation, Lowell singled to left advancing every runner one base. Ortiz came home to score with still 0 outs and bases loaded! But then Varitek couldn’t capitalize it any further as he grounded into a double play where Lowell rammed his head into Cano but Cano still made a great play. But we still got one more run off the double play making it a 3-1 Boston lead. 3-1
5th Inning: No one scored in the fifth. It’s 3-1 and both teams have come to play. 3-1
6th Inning: Things started to fall over the Red Sox in the top of the 6th. Posada got things started for the Yankees with a deep homer into left. A-Rod along with Matsui scored to make it a one run lead. But the Yankees wanted more as Mientkiewicz singled to center to get Melky home from second. 2-run lead for New York now. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox had the fans thinking about 4 consecutive-homers-night as Lowell and then Varitek hit back to back homers to tie the game. 5-5
7th Inning: Jeter shows some power as he hits it over the Green Monster to put the Yanks back on top. But once again the Red Sox put on a late surge in the 7th. With bases loaded again, Lowell delivers with a fielder’s choice to Cano who throws it to Jeter who has to spin around to make the throw to Mientkiewicz. The ball hits the ground and Mientkiewicz has to bend down to get. Now, Lowell is coming quickly and Mientkiewicz’s head is down. So when trying to get the ball, Lowell’s knee has a nasty collision with Mientkiewicz’s head. Mientkiewicz drops the ball and lay head first in the dirt. He later has to be carted off with an injured neck. Meanwhile, Ortiz scores, Ramirez scores on Jeter’s throwing error and Lowell advances to second. The only out on the play was Youkilis at second. The damage continues to pile on now for the Bombers. Pena hits a ground ball to Jeter possibly a double play which will get them out of the inning. But instead, Jeter can’t handle it as Lowell advances to third and Varitek to second. With bases loaded once again, Coco Crisp sends a nice blooper dropping right in front of the centerfielder. Lowell scores and everyone advances one base. So still bases loaded. Julio Lugo now comes to the plate. He sacrifice flies and Varitek scores whilst Pena moves to third. So now it’s 6-9. With Crisp at first and Pena at third, Pedroia singles to right bringing Pena home to make it a 4-run lead. Finally, the Yankees end their 7th inning woes. 6-10
8th Inning: Yankees can’t seem to comeback from the horrible inning as Okajima sets them down. Red Sox put the final nail in the coffin as Youkilis scores off of Lowell’s double.
9th Inning: Papelbon ends the game with another great pitching performance. He has a great ERA of 1.77. You can’t stop him.
Great game for th Boston Red Sox. Pedroia is doing well with a 12-game hitting streak. Every Sock got a hit that game except Youkilis who did not extend his hit streak. Okajima got his first career win as the Red Sox win 11-6.