If you’re going to make the postseason, quality starting pitching is going to get you there. For the New York Yankees, they haven’t gotten one of those in quite a while, especially against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox continued their dominance against the Yankees, sweeping this series against the Yankees, winning tonight by a score of 9-2. The Yankees are now three games out of a wild card spot.
The Yankees actually got an early lead of Clay Buchholz. Curtis Granderson led off with a walk and on an errant pickoff attempt went to third. He scored on Alex Rodriguez‘s groundout. The Red Sox would jump on Ivan Nova right away in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Daniel Nava doubled. David Ortiz brought him home with a single. Two batters later, Mike Napoli hit his 22nd homer of the year.
The Red Sox added to it in the fourth. Mike Napoli walked and was erased at second on a groundout, after Mark Reynolds‘ throw hit him in the hand. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would move to second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out. Xander Bogaerts walked and the Sox executed a double steal.
In the fifth, two walks and a double would load the bases. Mike Carp was hit by the pitch and it ended Nova’s night.
In the sixth, Bogaerts doubled and Dustin Pedroia walked of Adam Warren. Nava’s single would bring home a run. Cesar Cabral came in and unloaded a wild pitch and then an RBI single by Ortiz. Pedroia would add two runs on a double in the seventh.
The Yanks got one run in the ninth on an Ichiro Suzuki single.
YGY Player Of The Game: Nava
Notes: Rodriguez left today’s game with a calf injury. Boone Logan is having his elbow looked at by Dr. James Andrews.