New York Yankees Are Easily Handled By Boston Red Sox


New York Yankees Do Themselves In With Errors Against Boston Red Sox

After their 19-inning affair that started Friday night and lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were back it less than 11 hours later for a 1 PM ET start. The Red Sox were able to carry the momentum over from that win to the Saturday afternoon game, as they were sharper in all facets of the game and picked up their second win of the day.

With both bullpens being exasperated during Friday’s game, both teams needed their starting pitchers to deliver strong outings. Both did, but one was able to do it deeper into the game, which ultimately decided it.

Joe Kelly was brought off the DL for the game today and gave the Red Sox exactly what they needed. He went seven strong innings, surrendering only one hit and two walks that resulted in one run while striking out eight. If all three base runners hadn’t reached in the same inning, with a Kelly wild pitch in there as well, the Yankees could have been blanked by the Red Sox starter.

Alex Rodriguez started the bottom of the second with a single that was followed by a Garrett Jones walk two batters later. They each moved up thanks to the Kelly wild pitch before John Ryan Murphy was walked to load the bases. Didi Gregorius would get a sac fly to score Rodriguez, and that is all the success and base runners the Yankees would have against Kelly.

Adam Warren did everything he could to keep up with Kelly’s performance, but unfortunately for him and the Yankees his pitch count did not allow him to go very deep into the game, forcing Joe Girardi to his bullpen earlier than he had hoped. Warren made it through only 5 ⅓ innings, needing 98 pitches to do that.

Warren’s biggest adversary this afternoon was Daniel Nava, who knocked in both runs for the Red Sox that came off of the Yankees’ starter. The first one came in the top of the second inning, as a Rodriguez error to start the inning got Mike Napoli on base. After two groundouts, Napoli was knocked in by a Nava double. He would get Warren again in the fourth inning, singling home Pablo Sandoval to regain the lead at 2-1.

Things would further unravel for the Yankees because of two reasons; they had to go into their bullpen before the Red Sox did, and continued to have more errors.

After appearing for 1 ⅔ innings in the previous game, Justin Wilson was called upon again. He got the two batters out to end the sixth inning, but walked none other than Nava to start the seventh. After a fielder’s choice off the bat of Xander Bogaerts got Nava out at second, Bogaerts stole second to get into scoring position. He was able to advance to third because of a throwing error by Murphy that proved to be huge as Ryan Hanigan knocked him in with a sac fly off of Chris Martin.

Martin was not sharp at all, appearing in his third game in four days. He followed up that sac fly by allowing a single to Brock Holt, putting two men on base. They wouldn’t be there long, as Dustin Pedroia knocked them both in with an RBI double, giving the Red Sox a 5-1 lead.

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The Red Sox would blow it open even more in the eighth inning, as Matt Tracy was making his MLB debut and was done in by poor fielding. After getting the first two batters out, Chase Headley made a throwing error from first base, allowing the floodgates to open up.

The Red Sox would plate three in the inning thanks to a Holt bases clearing double with the bases loaded. That gave the Red Sox a 8-1 lead that essentially sealed the game.

Chris Young would hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the eighth of Alexei Ogando, but it was too little too late for the Yankees who lost their fourth game out of five to start the season.

The Yankees will look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox Sunday in primetime on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Masahiro Tanaka will be looking to improve upon his first start of the season, and will be opposed by Clay Buchholz.

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