Friday, April 20, 2012
Fenway 100 Was Great But The Reality Is There Are No Distractions Now From This Horrorshow
It's a disturbing thought and you can't help but be negative after the Yankees spoiled all the fun by crushing five solo home runs and beating the Red Sox 6-2 at Fenway this afternoon.
Yes all the pregame stuff (that I saw) was very well done and entertaining but now that's over and there's no way to hide how badly Boston (4-9, 3-4 home) is playing. They've lost four games in a row and by the ninth inning today, pink hat fans were chanting "We Want Francona." Um, he's not coming back folks. Well he did today but that's only because he probably received a huge paycheck.
New York (8-6, 4-3 away) had to play last night in the Bronx, travel then sit through all the hoopla today but they weren't fazed at all. Clay Buchholz (1-1) became the second Red Sox pitcher (Josh Beckett) already this season to serve up five batting practice homers in one outing. Yeesh. I'm no Dave Duncan, but when you throw 91-mph fastballs right down the middle of the plate, teams like the Yankees will make you pay every time.
Buchholz lasted six innings but it was ugly since he allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Ivan Nova (3-0) won his 15th consecutive decision in the regular season for New York. He went six innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks. His stuff isn't overpowering but he seems to have good command and he doesn't give up too many hard hit balls.
The Yankees wasted no time jumping in front as Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the first inning then Nick Swisher (3rd of the season) and Eric Chavez (1st of the season) got the home run barrage started with two in the second. Swisher's bomb went over the Monster in left center and Chavez's landed in the Red Sox bullpen.
David Ortiz (2 hits) answered with his second blast of the season, to left center (it had to be reviewed since it just over the lip of the Monster) in the second. Unfortunately, nobody was on base for him.
Chavez homered to straightaway center in the fourth and A-Rod (2nd of the season) crushed one over everything in left in the fifth.
Mike Aviles's (2 hits) double in the fifth scored Cody Ross for Boston's final run.
New York didn't need it but Russell Martin added his first home run of the season in the sixth, over the Monster.
Freddy Garcia (0-1) faces Felix Doubront (0-0) tomorrow afternoon (4:05 p.m., Fox) in a game that I can totally see turning into a shootout. I don't have faith in either pitcher's ability to put up zeros but we'll see. Regardless, Game 5 of Bruins-Capitals starts at 3 p.m. so I know where all my energy will be devoted to.