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The Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-4 last night, coming out of the gates strong with a Jacoby Ellsbury home run to lead off the game and a three run first inning. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia looked horrible, and was hit hard literally from the first pitch of the game until he was pulled after an inning and 2/3. Garcia was throwing fastballs up in the zone at 87 mph, and simply looked like he didn’t care at all. I haven’t watched Garcia pitch a whole lot so I don’t know if this is his typical style, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as taken aback by a pitcher’s mannerisms. The camera showed Garcia rolling his eyes several times after letting up hits, and he nonchalantly strolled around the mound gazing off into the outfield between almost every pitch. John Lester also struggled in the first inning, the only inning this season in which he’s thrown more than 30 pitches. He managed to keep the damage to a single run, and settled down for a pretty decent start and his 8th win of the season.
My favorite part of the game was David Ortiz’s reaction to the home run he hit, which he clearly knew was out of the park as soon as the ball left his bat. Joe Girardi took exception to Ortiz’s bat flip after the game, saying that he was simply “protecting his rookie pitcher” while noting that he’s never had a problem with Ortiz who has been a clutch player for a long time. I’m not sure how this is protecting your pitcher – he’s a big 24 year old boy Joe, he can handle letting up a home run, but I suppose I understand the sentiment. That said, I’ve got to agree with Ortiz in this situation – as he put it, “That’s just Papi style.” In my eyes if you crush it and you know it, more power to you.
Another takeaway from the game was Jonathan Papelbon became the fastest reliever in baseball history to reach 200 saves, doing so in his 359th appearance of his career. This feat took the Yankees Mariano Rivera 382 appearances, for comparison’s sake. Papelbon acknowledged Rivera after the game, referring to him as “The Godfather” of his position. All I know, and I’m guilty of it as well, is that Papelbon has had way too much criticism in his career for being the fastest in history to 200 saves. I guess that’s simply part of playing in Boston, but he’s an extreme case for sure.
Game two tonight should be a crap shoot with Tim Wakefield going against AJ Burnett.