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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Boston, MA (Aug 8) – The New York Yankees were defeated by the Boston Red Sox by the score of 3-2 on Sunday night. Freddy Garcia started for the Yankees and pitched well. The bullpen pitched well except for Mariano Rivera who blew the save. The offense did not do much but they were facing Josh Beckett. This was another classic Yankees/Red sox game; it went over four hours, extra innings and of course ended on a walk-off hit. The Yankees still have not won a series over the Red Sox this season and with that win, the Red Sox clinched the season series.
Garcia pitched five innings giving up five hits and one run. He walked three and struck out one. Boone Logan gave up a hit, a walk in 1/3 of an inning, Cory Wade gave up a hit in 2/3 of an inning, and Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Dave Robertson gave up a hit in one inning and he struck out two, Mariano Rivera blew his fifth save of the season giving up a hit and a run in one inning and Phil Hughes took the loss pitching 1/3 of an inning and giving up two hits and a run. It was Hughes first relief appearance since September of last year. It was interesting because Rivera only threw nine pitches and the Yankees are off on Monday. Hughes pitching means that Nova will take his spot in the rotation on Tuesday at home against the Angels.
Brett Gardner had three hits and an RBI, Curtis Granderson had three walks and Mark Teixeira had a hit and a walk. Robinson Cano had a hit, Russell Martin had two hits and Eduardo Nunez had a hit and an RBI. Nunez and Gardner each had a homerun. The Yankees were 0-10 with runners in scoring position and they left ten men on base. The lack of clutch hitting is what cost them the game. If the Yankees could of just got one hit in those situations to get an extra run, they would of won the game. Granderson had a stolen base and Gardner had two.
In the second inning the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on a Marco Scutaro RBI single. The Yankees tied the score in the fifth inning on a Nunez solo homerun. Gardner hit a solo homerun in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The Red Sox tied the game in the ninth inning on a Scutaro double, a Jacoby Ellsbury sacrifice bunt and a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly. The bunt was horrible and if Nunez played it right, they would have had the runner at third and maybe won the game. Nunez defense has a lot to be desired and he will need to work on that before he can be a big time major league player. The Red Sox won the game in the tenth on a Josh Reddick RBI single.
The Yankees are now 2-10 against the Red Sox this season and have lost all four series to them. The Red Sox with that win clinched the season series against the Yankees. The Yankees will have Monday off and begin a three game series at home against the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox took back sole possession of first place in the AL East leading the Yankees by one game. In the grand scheme of things, it does not really matter because the second place team between the Yankees and Red Sox will be the wild card winner. The thing is if there was an ALCS matchup between these two teams would, anyone thinks the Yankees could win that series right now. The Red Sox have owned the Yankees this season and will have all the confidence in the world.
The Yankees pitching has not been able to handle the Red Sox and their ace especially has been hurt by them, how could anyone think the Yankees will win. The beauty of baseball though is redemption and a lot can happen between now and then, maybe one of the teams will be knocked off in the first round, or maybe something will happen and they will not make the postseason. The Yankees could come into the postseason and end up beating them with a hot series.