In the series opener, the Yankees unveiled their newest acquistions, second baseman Stephen Drew and right-fielder Martin Prado–who entered the game after arriving late to the game and took over in right for starter Ichiro Suzuki. However, it wasn’t the newest Yankees’ nights, as they combined to go 0-for-6. Rather, it was the Yankees’ inability to hit against a starting pitcher they had never faced, this time in lifelong Yankee fan Anthony Ranaudo.
The kid who grew up a Derek Jeter fan, recorded his first big league strikeout by catching his childhood hero looking. It was a solid night for the Red Sox’ number 6 prospect, as he tossed 6 innings 4 hits, 2 earned runs, while striking out 2 and walking 4.
Chris Capuano as predicted in our series preview, saved the bullpen, but did little else. He went 6 innings, allowing 4 earned runs and taking the loss. He did strikeout 5, and unlike his previous start, his control was markedly better, as he didn’t yield a single free pass.
Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter both went yard in the series opener, but it simply wasn’t enough, as Capuano’s 4 earned runs was the difference, as the Red Sox took the opener by the final of 4-3.