Monday, April 5, 2010

Recipe for Disaster

Someone forgot to tell the Yankees that Spring Training was over. Staked to 5-1 and 7-5 leads, CC Sabathia and the Yankees pen blew both and the Boston Red Sox pulled out a 9-7 victory in the season opener at Fenway Park last night.

Twitter was on fire as the Yankees knocked around Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, who exited before the end of the 5th inning. Jorge Posada had three hits on the night and combined with Curtis Granderson on back to back home runs in the 2nd inning.

The Sox cut the lead to 5-2 in the 5th and then Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia, two of the Red Sox you love to hate, took over the game.

Youkilis' two run triple past Nick Swisher in right in the 6th, cut the margin to one before new Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre singled off of reliever David Robertson to tie the game.

The Yankees quickly took the lead back in the 7th on a run producing ground out by Robinson Cano and an RBI single by Posada. But Pedroia greeted Chan Ho Park with a two run blast atop the Green Monster to tie it again. Two batters later, Youkilis doubled, moved to third on Damaso Marte's wild pitch and scored when Posada mishandled a Marte delivery for a passed ball.

Posada gave the Yankees one more chance in the 9th when he singled off of Jonathan Papelbon, but Granderson grounded out to end the game.

Game Notes

CC Sabathia took the full blame after the game, saying "It was all on me," Sabathia said. "I was missing trying to make the perfect pitch." But he had plenty of help. The fans still love him though. A NY Post poll showed the fans felt Chan Ho Park (Notice Park spelled backwards is Krap?) and Joe Girardi over Sabathia.

Prior to the game, Girardi would not commit to his 8th inning man would be. Joba Chamberlain was shaky in his first appearance, allowing an insurance run.
Pedro Martinez threw out the ceremonial first pitch and received a rousing ovation. And they didn't leave him on the mound too long.

The teams are off Monday and will return to action Tuesday evening.

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