The New York-Boston media game took place at Fenway Park this morning, and unlike Monday’s Yankees-Red Sox game, New York took control early, scoring early and often en route to a 15-0 win in eight innings, extending its domination to nine straight games.
Tyler Kepner of the New York Times (pictured below, between me and catcher Kevin Devaney of the Journal News) threw a complete-game shutout, allowing five hits in eight innings. He struck out five, and showed impeccable control by not issuing a walk.
Chris Snow of the Boston Globe started for the home team, but he didn’t make it out of the second inning, allowing 10 runs in 1 2/3 innings. While he didn’t pitch well (I don’t have his walk total, but it wasn’t pretty), his defense didn’t help him much, either. Boston committed 10 errors in the game, and for much of the contest, the errors outnumbered New York’s hits.
I went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. I walked in my second-inning at-bat, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. In the fourth, I laced an RBI single to center, probably the cleanest and hardest hit I have had in these games.
Of course, my excitement was tempered in the bottom of the inning, though, when I had a pop up glance off my glove for an error. The runner stole second, putting Tyler’s shutout in danger, but Tyler picked the guy off second base, allowing me to breathe a sigh of relief.
Jack Curry of the Times gets honors for the best hit of the day, a triple to left-center, while John Harper of the Daily News almost started a sweet double play, making a diving stop at shortstop, but Bob Klapisch couldn’t grab the relay throw. Peter Botte (1-for-3, RBI) of the Daily News also gets some props here, as he flew up this morning for the game, then headed right back to New York to cover the Mets game.
Manager Anthony McCarron of the Daily News went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, continuing his string of tremendous offensive games. (Yes, I’m ******* up for playing time here)
I also have to throw a shoutout to Downtown Ian Browne, who went 1-for-2 with a single, one of Boston’s five hits. His three kids were there, and they were very excited.
One of my favorite sights of the day was Sam Borden (1-for-4, run scored) trying to throw a ball to the fans taking the tour on top of the Green Monster. What a thing.
However, my favorite moment of the day goes to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach, who attempted a head-first slide into third base, only to come up a few feet short of the bag. It was straight out of <I>Major League</I>, Willie Mays Hays style.
This game is a lot of fun (especially when your team has won nine straight). It’s one of the little perks of this job. Being able to play baseball games at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium every year allows you to be a kid again.
The rematch in the Bronx takes place in two weeks.