Beantown Brawl Part 3, Straight Wager on Red Sox vs. Yankees

Beantown Brawl Part 3, Straight Wager on Red Sox vs. Yankees

With the NBA betting on hiatus until Tuesday’s game 1 of the NBA Betting Finals


2007-06-07

NBA Betting Finals

With the NBA betting on hiatus until Tuesday’s game 1 of the NBA Betting Finals, I was only left with baseball betting action. I had a full plate of things to do, so I decided to wager on the one game I would be able to watch, the primetime matchup of the Yankees and Red Sox. The unbeaten Josh Beckett would be starting for the Red Sox while Andy Pettitte would be going for the Yanks. Since before the series started I said the Yanks would take 2 of 3 and the series was one apiece, I picked the Yanks for a mild upset.

So my pick was as follows:
Yankees over Red Sox

For 4 innings, this game was every bit the pitcher’s duel we expected out of the starters with the score 1-0 Yanks on reserve 1st baseman’s Josh Phelps RBI single off Beckett in the 2nd inning. Then in the 5th inning, it was fireworks night at Fenway as the team’s combined for 8 runs in the inning.

In the top of the 5th, the Yankees scored 3 runs. With the bases loaded, Rodriguez hit an infield single to third baseman Mike Lowell, who threw the ball wildly to first for an error as two runs scored. Jorge Posada followed with an RBI single. This gave the Yanks a 4-0 lead. No lead is ever safe for these teams and the Red Sox stormed back in the bottom half. The Red Sox loaded the bases on singles by Jason Varitek, Wily Mo Pena and Coco Crisp. Pettitte then struck out Julio Lugo on a 3-2 pitch. On a 1-0 count, Dustin Pedroia cleared the bases with a three-run double off the left-center wall into a stiff wind.

Ortiz hit the next pitch for a sinking liner in front of Bobby Abreu and it bounced past him and, Ortiz ended up on 3rd. Pedroia had scored the tying run and Pettitte's night was over. Kevin Youkilis hit a sac fly to put Boston on top.

Hideki Matsui led off the eighth with a single against Hideki Okajima and scored the tying run on Robinson Cano's triple. Then in the 9th inning, Alex Rodiguez hit a long home run to right-center off supercloser Jonathan Papelbon to put the Yanks ahead to stay, as Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless 9th for the save.

So I had a perfect betting weekend. Let’s keep it going next week.

Till next time, may all your bets be winners.

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