Game 122: NYY vs. BOS — Seasonal expectations met, moving on

Today’s game began as a pitchers’ duel, with Hiroki Kuroda manning the helm for the Yankees looking for their next win over Boston. Except it didn’t really work out that way, and Kuroda got out-pitched, as it were.

Kuroda’s 107 pitches only took him into the 6th inning, getting into trouble he wasn’t able to pitch out of in the 4th and 6th innings. He allowed 11 total hits and 5 runs (only 3 were earned) and struck out 5 Red Sox batters. Kuroda pretty much sailed through the first 3 innings, but things got sticky beginning in the 4th. A ground-rule double, single, and strikeout set up the next batter for a failed force attempt that lead to the run scoring, and a double-steal. Another strikeout and 2 back-to-back RBI singles suddenly have the Red Sox leading 3-0.

The Yankees offense answers back in the 5th inning, but the response is weak. Lyle Overbay singles, moves to 3rd on Chris Stewart’s ground-rule double, and scores on Ichiro Suzuki’s groundout to score the only Yankee run of the game. Call it a whimper of an offense in light of recent game spikes.

Well, the Red Sox weren’t through yet. In the 6th inning, a double, an RBI single (4-1), and an RBI double (5-1) that is complicated by a throwing error (and only 2 outs on the board) send the Yankees to the bullpen before any further damage. Adam Warren comes in to close out the 6th inning, but promptly gives up a home run in the next inning, pinning the score at 6-1 Red Sox. Warren continued through 2 full innings, and Logan got the final out for the Yankees defense.

I think, like most people watching the Yankees recently, we were waiting for that spark to be lit in the Yankees’ bats. But it just never showed up today. Actually, the Red Sox were playing like the team they’ve been all year, and the Yankees were playing like the team everyone expected them to be all year. The one thing neither team was doing was playing like the rivals they are, which just made the whole game kind of weird.

The whole day was kind of weird, if I really think about.

And I hate that I can’t just ignore this story, and like many people I think, I wish it would just go away. And since I’m trying to be a positive opinion blog and I’m not a salacious journalistic outlet, I’m going to briefly, objectively mention it. There is a story that now complicates the issue of Alex Rodriguez’s pending suspension. In it, a lawyer for his interests is alleging misconduct on the Yankees’ part to color Rodriguez’s playing history with the Yankees in a negative and intentionally mishandled manner. Both sides are being very vocal, but the subject of the whole conversation Rodriguez himself is however avoiding the conversation. Seeing as this whole thing has very little to do with actual current play on the field, that’s all there is to it. And beyond that, there’s no need for continued conversation.

But I will add my two cents here: there seems to be this constant stream of conversation about a whole lot of things surrounding baseball and not a whole lot of things actually about the sport itself. And with so many assumptions, biased gossip, angry tirades, and press releases and conferences, it’s sometimes hard to separate someone’s passion from that (often elusive or hidden) core nugget of truth. So before you make your judgments on the situation, let’s just wait for all the parties to sort themselves out and get their own passionate expressions of this matter out of the way. These kinds of things have a way of working themselves out and fading into the oblivion in which they belong in the first place.

Go Yankees!

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