When you’re hot you’re hot and when you’re not you’re not. As cold as the Yankee pitching has been, the Red Sox hitting has been making the Tigers and Yankees pitching staffs look like Sunday morning beer league pitching. That trend continued today, as the Yankees became the first AL team in history to score eight runs in three straight home games and lose as the Red Sox won again today over the Yankees 13-9.
David Huff got the start replacing Phil Hughes and after a clean first, the wheels began to slowly fall off. David Ortiz doubled and Yankee killer Mike Napoli followed with his 20th homer of the year. The Yanks cut the lead to 2-1 when Alfonso Soriano led off the bottom half of the second with a double off John Lackey. Curtis Granderson bunted him over and Lyle Overbay drove in Soriano with a single.
In the third, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch. Jonny Gomes followed with his 12th homer of the year. The Yanks got one of those runs back when Brett Gardner singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Robinson Cano single.
The onslaught was on in the fourth. Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr singled. Ryan Lavarnway‘s double brought home a run. Bogaerts brought home another run on a groundout. Victororino doubled to bring home a run and knock out Huff. Jim Miller entered and gave up an RBI single to Gomes. Two batters later, Ortiz brought home a run with a sac fly. The Yanks would add another run on doubles by Eduardo Nunez and Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom half.
In the fifth, Bradley Jr. walked and Bogaerts would hit his first major league home run.
The Yanks would mount a little comeback in the sixth by scoring four. Walks to Nunez and Ichiro started it. JR Murphy reached on a fielder’s choice. Gardner would bring home two with a single. Derek Jeter drove home Gardner and was removed for a pinch runner (more on that later). Two batters later, Alfonso Soriano singled for another run.
The Yanks would add two more in the eighth when Mark Reynolds doubled in two to make it 12-9. Napoli would tack on a run in the ninth with his second homer of the day.
YGY Player Of The Game: Napoli
Notes: Jeter was removed with another injury to his surgically repaired ankle. Vidal Nuno was transferred to the 60 Day DL to make room for Miller