Monday, August 9, 2010

Nothing Like a Good Beckett Smashing

Getting ready for today's Yankees-Red Sox series finale, but still smiling over last night's Josh Beckett drubbing. A 7-2 win made even better by a remarkable performance by Dustin Moseley.

Subbing for A.J. Burnett, Moseley was solid all night, leaving after 6.1 innings with just a Bill Hall home run allowed. Moseley was given a heads up on Saturday after Burnett bullpen session led to back spasms on Friday.

The Yankees busted the game open and sent Beckett to the showers with a 5-run 5th inning. Derek Jeter drove in 3 runs on the night and passed Babe Ruth for 39th place on the all-time MLB career hits list. He's now one hit behind another Hall of Fame member, Mel Ott, for the next spot on the list.

Mark Teixeira continued his hot second half, with his fifth home run in eight games. It was also the first time Tex had success against Beckett. And Tex became the 4th players with 25 home runs or more in each of his first eight seasons.

Lance Berkman, for now, quieted the idiot boo birds with a 3-hit night and Alex Rodriguez got over his banged up shin to steal his 300th career base. He's just the third player, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds are the others, to have 600 home runs and 300 steals. A-Rod also became the 10th player with 300 steals, 200 home runs, 2,500 hits, and 1,500 runs scored. Seriously, they actually keep track of this.

One down note in this game was Joba Chamberlain. Yes, he was victimized by a cheap infield RBI single by Mike Lowell, but it was his 3-2 pitch to punch and judy hitter Marco Scutaro that was disturbing. A slider. A guy with a plus fastball and he threw a slider. Needless to say, Scutaro walked and Joba exited. He really needs some mental pitching lessons.

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