Just hours before today’s game, most of today’s starters were still in uniform fighting it out in the 19th inning. A brief sleep break, a great infusion of caffeine (via energy drinks and Starbucks, I imagine), and those guys were back in uniform ready to battle the second game in the weekend rivalry series. And I can’t say that their fatigue didn’t play a huge role in really everyone’s game today. Both the Red Sox and the Yankees clearly weren’t at their best today. It was a lot of sloppy play all over the field.
Adam Warren got the start for the Yankees, and despite earning the loss today, his outing was really very good. His career-high 98 pitches over 5.1 innings, gave up 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), and 2 walks, with just 1 strikeout. In the 2nd inning, the first batter reached 1st on a missed catch error by today’s 1st baseman Alex Rodriguez and then ended up at 3rd after 2 ground outs before scoring on an RBI double. Then in the 4th, after 2 quick ground outs, a single and a walk put runners on base, but only one would score on a deep single to center field.
The Yankees did get a run back in the bottom of the 2nd. Rodriguez led off with a single, Jones walked, and both advanced to scoring positions on a wild pitch. With bases loaded one batter later, Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice fly easily scored Rodriguez.
Justin Wilson would come on in the 6th to relieve Warren, pitching to one batter in the 7th — a walk. Chris Martin became the 7th inning reliever for the Yankees and get himself into a bit of a sticky situation. A force out got the lead runner, and then the runner stole 2nd and ended up at 3rd on a throwing error by the catcher. The next batter reached on a fielder’s choice and the run scored. A single added another runner, both of which scored on a double.
At the end of 7th inning, it was 5-1 Boston. But the Red Sox weren’t done yet. Newest reliever Matt Tracy was signed last night to relieve the over-taxed bullpen after last night’s never-ending game, and Chasen Shreve, whose excellent and long outing earned him some rest time, was sent to AAA Scranton to earn that rest time.
Okay, Tracy got a quick 2 outs, and then what should have been a quick 3rd out. Headley threw the ball to Rodriguez for the out, and apparently, it was a wide throw which caused Rodriguez to come off the bag. Originally called the 3rd out, it was challenged and overturned and then (and this is the ludicrous part) changed to an error on Headley. If every time a 1st baseman was pulled off the bag on a play it was charged as an error to the person who threw the ball, there would be way more errors in baseball. It should have just been ruled a hit like they usually are. An error would have been had Headley thrown it like 3 feet above his head or into the stands or something ridiculous. Let’s just say, it was in “Teixeira-range” at 1st.
Anyway, there was 2 outs and a runner at 1st in the 8th inning. A single and a walk quickly loaded the bases, so that a double could easily score all 3 runners. Yes, that made it an 8-1 Boston score. Things were not looking pretty. But then the Yankees did what they do best, and just keep fighting.
In the bottom of the 8th, Boston turned to their first reliever of the game after their starter finally reached his end — 93 pitches over 7 innings, just 1 hit, 1 run, and 2 walks, striking out 8 Yankee batters. Yes, he was rather outstanding today. But his relief wasn’t as lucky. After a quick 2 outs, Petit and Gardner on base with singles, it’s Chris Young to the rescue — a whopping 3-run home run into the left field seats that brought the score to 8-4 Boston.
And that would be it for Saturday’s game. Final score: 8-4 Red Sox.
One more game this weekend against the Red Sox tomorrow, and it’s Tanaka’s turn on the hill. It should be interesting because when it’s Tanaka or it’s a rivalry game, it’s always interesting. I bet people are getting a whole lot more rest tonight. Well-deserved, much-needed rest.