July 22: Boston 3, New York 2
Tris Speaker and Carl Yastrzemski combined for seven of Boston’s 10 hits. The Yankees made the Sox nervous in the eighth and ninth. New York loaded the bases around two outs in the eighth, at which point Jonathan Papelbon relieved starter Smoky Joe Wood and got Derek Jeter to ground out. Then in the ninth, Charlie Keller and Bill Dickey both doubled and Babe Ruth singled to get the Yankees within a run and put runners on second and third with two outs. Papelbon got out of the jam again, this time with a fly out by Robinson Cano.
R H BB NY 000 000 101 - 2 8 6 BOS 100 001 10x - 3 10 2 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Caldwell 7.0 3 3 0 2 3 S.J. Wood 7.2 1 1 0 6 2 NY 50-44, BOS 59-35
July 23: New York 8, Boston 6
There were three big swings of the score in this battle of Clemens v. Clemens. First the Yankees beat up on the far-superior-on-paper Boston Clemens for four runs in the first two innings.
New York Clemens looked sharp for three innings until suddenly looking like a little leaguer in the fourth. Six straight Red Sox reached, including a Ted Williams triple and Jimmie Foxx bomb. Clemens got yanked in favor of Herb Pennock. The BoSox had taken a 5-4 lead, and they tacked on another run in the fifth to make it 6-4.
A Lou Gehrig homer in the seventh cut Boston’s lead back to one, and Derek Lowe took the hill in the eighth trying to protect the narrow lead, but allowed four straight baserunners and was pulled without recording an out after he hit Jeter with the bases loaded to tie the game. Papelbon came in again to try to get out of Lowe’s mess, but two more of Lowe’s runners came around to score to claim the final lead change of the game for New York.
Don Mattingly made his Rhubarb debut. I didn’t even have a Mattingly card made prior to this series, but Joe DiMaggio was due for a rest in this game, which typically has meant Bernie Williams would slide in as the DH. But Williams is pretty average against righties, and, I thought to myself, surely the Yankees have a better option somewhere on their eligible roster. After poking around a little bit, it looked like Mattingly was the best option, so I whipped up a card for him. (Dave Righetti was dropped from the 25-man to make room.) Mattingly is a defensive improvement over Gehrig at first, so for the first time all season, someone besides Larrupin’ Lou manned the initial sack for New York and Gehrig took the DH spot. Mattingly was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double, and Gehrig didn’t seem to mind not playing defense as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and a dong.
R H BB NY 130 000 130 - 8 11 6 BOS 000 510 000 - 6 13 4 HR: L. Gehrig (25), R. Cano (10), J. Foxx (12) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Clemens 3.1 5 5 1 3 2 R. Clemens 7.0 5 5 2 3 7 51-44, BOS 59-36
July 24: New York 11, Boston 7
This one was just kind of a nightmare. The great Pedro Martinez was terrible in the top of the first, and Gehrig and Ruth went yard back-to-back. The first six Yankees reached safely before Martinez found a modicum of command and got out of the inning. Pedro then reeled off four shutout innings as his teammates piled up runs against Bob Shawkey (and his errant fielders) to take a 7-4 lead.
The top of the the fifth started normally enough for Pedro as he got two quick ground outs. Then A-Rod drew a walk and Derek Jeter singled, but no problem because the next batter, Mickey Mantle, rolled a grounder to first baseman Jimmie Foxx…but Foxx was flummoxed and couldn’t get a grip on the ball. A-Rod scored to make it a 7-5 Boston lead. Still quite workable for Pedro and Boston. But that Foxx error seemed to cause a rip in the space-time continuum, and suddenly Pedro was useless. Charlie Keller singled, Gehrig singled, Ruth walked, Bill Dickey singled, and the Yanks were up 9-7 and Pedro was out of the game. Before the inning was over, seven unearned runs had been charged to Pedro.
DiMaggio was available to return to the Yankee lineup in this one, but as much as he has struggled this season (.301 wOBA), and as good as Mattingly and the whole lineup looked the day before, DiMaggio stayed on the bench and Mattingly got another start at first and smacked a couple singles. Manager Joe McCarthy wouldn’t commit to anything, but don’t be surprised if Mattingly keeps taking away playing time from DiMaggio against righty starters.
Boston leads the season series against New York 7-4.
R H BB NY 400 007 000 - 11 14 5 BOS 223 000 000 - 7 10 4 HR: L. Gehrig (26), B. Ruth (22) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Shawkey 3.0 7 3 0 2 0 P. Martinez 5.2 11 4 2 4 3 NY 52-44, BOS 59-37