“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

DEREK JETER

A POWERFUL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
The Yankees pile on Curt Schilling

May 23, 2007 ... Curt Schilling may have to thumb through a thesaurus to come up with words to describe the beating he absorbed last night at the hands of the New York Yankees, who bolted to a 3-0 lead three hitters into the game, took Schilling deep twice, and amassed 12 hits, the most allowed by Schilling in three years, in an 8-3 win.

A crowd of 55,000 in Yankee Stadium was still pouring off the subways and the Major Deegan Expressway when Johnny Damon opened with a double, Derek Jeter followed with an RBI single, and Hideki Matsui cracked a two-run home run in the first. The Yankees stitched together a bunt single, a throwing error by Julio Lugo, and two infield hits to make it 4-0 in the second. Alex Rodriguez doubled and scored on Jorge Posada's single in the third, and Doug Mientkiewicz, who had not gotten a hit off Schilling in six previous career at-bats, hit a home run off the facade of the upper deck to open the fourth to make it 6-0.

Andy Pettitte rekindled hopes of a Yankee revival, limiting the Sox to a run on eight hits in seven innings and living up to his reputation as a man you want on the mound after a loss. As a Yankee, Pettitte is 65-29 in games after a Bomber defeat.

The Sox did not advance a runner as far as third base in the first five innings. They finally broke through in the sixth on doubles by Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell, who drove in his team-leading 37th run.

Coco Crisp led off the eighth with a home run off reliever Kyle Farnsworth. It was Crisp's first of the season, ending a drought of 179 at-bats going back to Sept. 6, 2006, when he took Jose Contreras of the White Sox deep. Farnsworth then walked David Ortiz and inexplicably had the notion that he should hold Ortiz close to the bag. That novel thought cost him a balk, as first baseman Mientkiewicz was playing off the bag, forcing Farnsworth to eat the ball. It then cost him a run, as Kevin Youkilis singled Ortiz home. Youkilis earlier had doubled, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.

The Yankees extended their lead against the Sox' bullpen. Jeter, who had three hits, tripled and scored on Matsui's single in the seventh, both hits coming off Brendan Donnelly. Joel Pineiro entered to pitch the eighth and got two quick outs, but Mientkiewicz doubled, his third hit, and scored on Damon's single, hit No. 3 for him as well.

The Yankees, who had 16 hits, then brought in Mariano Rivera to finish off the Sox. The Sox were hard on Rivera last month, racking up seven hits and six runs in two innings against the Yankees' closer. Rivera had to have wondered if he was in for another trying night when Wily Mo Pena hit a ground ball off the end of his bat that skidded down the first base line for a double. But Rivera rebounded to retire the next two batters, Dustin Pedroia and Julio Lugo, on called third strikes by umpire C.B. Bucknor, who rang up Crisp for the game's final out when he was unable to check his swing.

The 12 hits allowed by Schilling were the most he'd allowed in a start since April 2004, against the Toronto Blue Jays. His record dropped to 4-2 with a 3.94 ERA.

The Yankees took two of three from the Sox and also were buoyed by the news that down the road in Trenton, Roger Clemens threw 102 pitches against Boston's Double A farm team, the Portland Sea Dogs, in what might have been his last rehearsal before strutting back onstage in the American League East. Whether Clemens plays a leading role in a Yankee comeback or is relegated to bit player in a Sox runaway remains to be seen, but by the time the Yankees show up next weekend in Boston, Clemens is expected to be back in pinstripes.

Schilling had made 69 consecutive starts without an unearned run being scored against him. In the second inning, a throwing error by shortstop Julio Lugo on an attempted force play allowed the Yankees' Robinson Cano to advance to third base, from where he scored on an infield hit by Derek Jeter. That went into the books as an unearned run.

Josh Beckett's five-inning session in the bullpen proceeded without a hitch, though he left a Band-Aid on the middle finger of his throwing hand. Including warm-ups and long toss, in which he threw some breaking balls with the finger uncovered, Beckett said he threw 120-130 pitches. Mike Timlin (shoulder tendonitis) also did some throwing yesterday and will fly back to Boston, according to Francona, before beginning a rehab assignment with Pawtucket tomorrow. Lefthander Jon Lester is scheduled to pitch for the PawSox tonight in McCoy Stadium in the second start of his rehab.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

 

3

12

1

NEW YORK YANKEES

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

x

 

8

16

0

W-Andy Pettitte (3-3)
L-Curt Schilling (4-2)
Attendance – 55,000


2B-Youkilis (Bost), Ramirez (Bost), Lowell (Bost),
Pena (Bost), Damon (NY), Rodriguez (NY), Mientkiewicz (NY)
3B-Jeter (NY)
HR-Crisp (Bost), Matsui (NY), Mientkiewicz (NY)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Julio Lugo ss 5 1 1 .243  

 

Kevin Youkilis 1b 5 2 2 .343  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 3 .325  

 

Manny Ramirez lf 4 1 1 .244  

 

J.D. Drew rf 4 0 0 .237  

 

Mike Lowell 3b 4 1 2 .329  

 

Jason Varitek c 2 0 1 .283  

 

Coco Crisp cf 4 1 0 .233  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 0 1 .260  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Curt Schilling 6 12 5 0 3  
  Brndan Donnelly 1 2 1 0 1  
  Joel Piniero 1 2 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2007 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 31 15 -

 

 

New York Yankees 21 24 9 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 21 25 10

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 20 25 10 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 18 27 12 1/2