Game 8: The Empire strikes back.

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There is no greater feeling in the world as a Yankees fan than either winning the World Series or beating the Red Sox.  I’m sure that Red Sox fans feel the same.  Especially when we can beat them in their park.  In front of their fans.  LOL. 

Ivan Nova got the start this afternoon, and pitched well, but not as well as we’ve seen him pitch this season.  His final line was 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.  Again, not the best start and not a quality start as he didn’t finish at least 6 innings, but it could have been far worse.  Like Phil Hughes yesterday.  Our bullpen though, was fantastic.  Robertson, Chamberlain, and Ayala combined for 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 4 K.  Fantastic!

Our offense was pretty damn spectacular, too.  9 ER on 13 H is going to get you a win, unless your pitching is especially horrendous.  Thankfully for us, Buckles the Chimp hasn’t been a solid pitcher this year, and we were able to capitalize on that.  The bottom of our lineup this afternoon had one hell of a game, going a combined 10-21 with 9 RBI.  Robbie Cano went 3-5 with an RBI, Swish went 1-4 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Eric Chavez went 3-5 with an RBI and our big hitter Russell Martin went 2-4 with 4 RBI, all of which came on 2 HRs.  Elsewhere, Alex went 2-5 and Derek went 1-4, meaning he’s 67 hits away now from 3,000.  Keep it going, Jetes!

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I made a comment on Jane’s blog that I feel we should get 2 wins every time we beat the Red Sox in 2011 since everyone and their brother have annointed the Red Sox as the Golden Children.
Nova is just going through the maturation process that pitchers’ have to adjust to when they finally get an extended chance to reserve their rotation spots. The team is playing enough offense to disguise Nova’s struggles….And a win against the Red Menace is always a golroius thing.
We get our shot at them tomorrow.

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//I made a comment on Jane’s blog that I feel we should get 2 wins every time we beat the Red Sox in 2011 since everyone and their brother have annointed the Red Sox as the Golden Children. //

There’s two things that can happen with that kind of hype. Either they fail spectacularly, or they become world-beaters. The former happens a hell of a lot more often than the latter. Which is great for people who hate the Red Sox, not so great for people that love them.

//And a win against the Red Menace is always a golroius thing. We get our shot at them tomorrow. //

I agree, and I hope you mercilessly slaughter ‘em.

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The Sox gave a big scare in game one. I thought the giant had finally woke up from an early season slumber. From the looks of their offensive output, it might be the their bats are getting warm. Fortunately, the Sox have not yet been able to put their hitting and pitching together.

Nova struggled this time out. He does not have an overpowering fastball so he will have to rely on control and location. Three walks in four innings will not get the job done. Fortunately, the BP held tough and stopped the bleeding. Hughes’ diminished velocity is another concern, and it should be. If it is a mechanical problem, things can be worked out for the most part. However, if he is having “Barry Zito” syndrome, then it will be a very long season as Phil does not have much movement on his fastball.

Hopefully Tex will end his usual slow start. We also need Jeter -and more so Gardner- to start putting together some hits. Martin has been a surprise, I think the change has done him good thus far.

Hopefully CC will keep the Sox bats at bay and we can tee off on Beckett for a dozen or so runs, or whatever it takes to win this game.

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//Fortunately, the Sox have not yet been able to put their hitting and pitching together.//

For all the hype that the Sox were given during the off-season and Spring Training, you’d think they’d have started the season better than 1-7. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. LOL

//Hughes’ diminished velocity is another concern, and it should be. If it is a mechanical problem, things can be worked out for the most part. However, if he is having “Barry Zito” syndrome, then it will be a very long season as Phil does not have much movement on his fastball. //

I was talking to someone about this earlier. I don’t know what happened to him, but I hope it’s something that can be fixed and/or adjusted fairly quickly or at least with a minimum of fuss, because we can’t have a giant question mark as our #3. That doesn’t bode well for a long season, or a short series.

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Congrats on making Top 20 of MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders, Beth. Testing your comments here, too. Best,

Mark/MLB.com
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//Congrats on making Top 20 of MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders, Beth. Testing your comments here, too. Best,

Mark/MLB.com http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com//

Thanks so much! I appreciate it. Good people around here. :-)

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