The weekend started poorly for the Boston Red Sox as they lost to the New York Yankees 10-3 on Friday night. That put them at 49-51. It was not a good sign. A lack of both pitching and hitting hurt the BoSox.
By the end of the fourth inning on Friday it was 6-3. Then the Yankees scored 4 in the eighth to put the game away. The Red Sox had 8 hits but they could not put the scoring together. The Yankees connected on 10 hits, three of which were homers, and also had 4 walks.
Saturday proved to be much better for the visiting Red Sox. Lester (5-8) put in one of his better games, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits. Unfortunately, 2 of those hits were homeruns. When Padilla came in to relieve he allowed a homerun and 2 runs. Andrew Miller pitched one-third inning and got the win.
For the Yankees, C.C. Sabathia (10-3) gave up 6 runs on 8 hits. He went six innings. The game was lost by New York in the ninth when Rafael Soriano came in to relieve and gave up 2 hits, 1 walk and 2 runs.
Boston’s Alfredo Aceves (22 SV) got the save in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out 1 and gave up no hits, runs or walks.
What’s It mean?
What do these last two games mean? Well, the Red Sox won today because they had timely hitting, okay starting pitching and very good relief. They showed that they could compete versus New York. That’s pretty important at this point.
Sunday’s rubber match is at 8 pm. The Red Sox will put Doubront (10-3) on the mound and the Yanks will start Kuroda (10-7). Boston needs to put a solid effort forward tomorrow and leave New York winning the series. If they do so, the team will be back at .500 and will actually have put two straight wins together..
Last Place Red Sox
Boston is now 10.5 games out of first place, in last in the division and 5 games out of the Wild Card. I want to be a believer. But this team needs more than one win to make any progress at all. After the Yankee series they come back to Fenway for three versus the Tigers. Detroit is three ahead of the Sox in the Wild Card hunt. You can see there’s a lot on the line in the next four days. Go Sox!