Yanks Go Yard Recap: New York Yankees Lose Season Opener
Well, if you were to write a script for opening day, that is not how you would draw it up if you are the New York Yankees. A four run inning did them as CC Sabathia didn’t have his best stuff out there. The Yankees lost to the rival Boston Red Sox, 8-2.
Apr 1, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees managerJoe Girardi
(28) visits starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
It all began in the second. Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked with one out. Johnny Gomes reached on an infield single. Jackie Bradley Jr. walked in his first career plate appearance to load the bases. Jose Iglesias reached on an infield single to drive in a run. After a fielder’s choice, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia followed in singles of their own to drive in runs.
The Yankees responded in the fifth. Kevin Youkilis doubled to left to lead off the inning. Vernon Wells followed with a walk. After a foul out, Ichiro Suzuki singled to load the bases. After Jayson Nix struck out, Francisco Cervelli would drive in the lone two runs with a single.
Boston tacked on a run in the seventh of David Phelps. Will Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia walked. After a flyout, Bradley drove in a run with a ground out.
The Yankees big chance to get some runs back came in the bottom half of that inning. Cervelli and Brett Gardner walked, but Eduardo Nunez, Robinson Cano and Youkilis each struck out.
The Sox battered Joba Chamberlain in the ninth to put the game out of reach. Saltalamacchia walked for the third time. Gomes followed with a single and Bradley Jr walked to load the bases. Jacoby Ellsbury got an infield hit, and Victorino followed with a two run single.
MVP of the Game: The lone bright spot offensively was Cervelli with his two RBI and a walk. We’ll give you the MVP after each game, and at the end of the year crown the Yanks Go Yard MVP of the season.
After a day off, the Yanks and Sox resume their series Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda and Clay Buchholz will duel at 7:05ET.