You couldn’t ask for much more than that if you’re a Yankees fan, watching the pitcher maligned as not being a “true ace” rifle through the Red Sox, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Chien-Ming Wang may never win a Cy Young Award but the Yankees can definitely do with him as their No. 1, especially when he pitches like he did on Friday at Fenway Park.
Setting aside Bobby Abreu’s missed catch for a second — an outfielder, particularly one who won a Gold Glove just three years ago, really should make that grab — the thing about Wang’s a complete game two-hitter was that it wasn’t especially all that pretty. Wang gave up some very hard hit balls, particularly in the fifth inning, but he made the dimensions at Fenway work for him this time, having struggled there against the Red Sox in the past.
It all works off Wang’s sinker, but he got some strikeouts with his slider and threw his four-seamer quite a bit to give Boston a little bit of a different look. By the time Coco Crisp legged out the bunt single in the ninth inning, it seemed to be pretty much a foregone conclusion that — no-hitter, one-hitter or two-hitter — this night was going to belong to Wang.
Meanwhile, I’m sitting in a Beantown hotel lobby at a Starbucks, pounding away on this new wireless card MLB sprang for. How trendy!