As John Sterling normally says, ‘Well, you just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’–and today proved why. In addition to Phil Humber tossing the 21st perfect game in the Major League history, the Yankees overcame a 9-0 deficit by tallying 15 unanswered runs as they embarassed the Red Sox, 15-9. The Yanks did their damage in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring seven runs in each frame. Teix hit two homers, including one nice opposite field shot from the left side. Nick Swisher crushed a grand slam in the eighth to give the Yanks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ex-Yank, Alfredo Aceves served up the Swisheroo bomb and failed to record an out in his brief appearance.
After the game, the Red Sox brain trust had a ‘closed door’ meeting to discuss what the hell happened. However, it’s pretty easy to see that the Red Sox relievers just can’t get anyone out. The Sox back end of the pen is filled with mediocre options while the rotation hasn’t been much better. Overall, Sox GM Ben Cherington failed to add quality depth in the off-season–and his team is paying big time. With Papelbon now pitching for the Phillies, the Sox don’t have an answer for the ninth inning.
As a Yankee fan, I can’t stop laughing about this weekend’s events. First, the Red Sox have their little ceremony with all of their ex-players (and Tito Franconer who that fans obviously want back). Kevin Millar brings up Karim Garcia’s brawl–and the Yanks respond in typical Yankee fashion–hanging up two Ws. The Red Sox ship is quickly filling up with water and it hasn’t even left the Boston Harbor yet. With no captain on board, this ship isn’t going anywhere–and that’s totally fine with me.
Big C will get to toss the pill tomorrow night on the national stage against Dan Bard (the man who should be closing). First pitch, 8:05 PM.