May 31, 2013

G56: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 000 100 - 1  8  0
Yankees - 020 010 10x - 4  7  0
Sabathia (7.1-6-1-0-10, 109) was the story on Friday night, dominating the Red Sox with a steady diet of sliders and cutters. He struck out four in a row and five of six batters during a stretch in the middle innings. Sabathia did not allow a Boston runner to third base until the seventh inning.

Lester (6.1-6-4-4-5, 116), on the other hand, seemed off all night, unable to hit his spots. Even when he was getting outs, Lester battled, as the Yankees worked the count relentlessly. He needed 31 pitches to get through the second inning. Mark Teixeira walked and Vernon Wells followed with a double over Jackie Bradley's head in center. Jayson Nix singled in Teixeira and Ichiro Suzuki singled in Wells. Only an extraordinary pivot by Dustin Pedroia on a double play grounder saved Lester from more abuse.

In the fifth, after Lester hit a batter and walked another, Kevin Youkilis singled home New York's third run. After Lester departed with two on in the seventh, Andrew Miller allowed an inherited runner to score.

Sabathia worked around a two-out double in each of the first two innings. He was also aided by double plays in the third and sixth. Boston finally scored when Pedroia (3-for-4) and Mike Napoli each doubled in the seventh. With his lead in slight jeopardy, Sabathia struck out Stephen Drew and got David Ross on a grounder to second.

The Red Sox rallied against Mariano Rivera in the ninth. Pedroia and David Ortiz both stroked one-out singles, but Napoli struck out on three pitches and Drew grounded back to the box.

Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3, upping his average to .435.
Jon Lester / CC Sabathia
Nava, LF
Gomes, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Drew, SS
Ross, C
Bradley, CF
Iglesias, 3B
Jacoby Ellsbury strained his left groin while stealing his fifth base last night, and is not in the starting lineup.
Lester has allowed 10 runs in his last 13 innings.

Sabathia has a 4.85 ERA and 1.483 WHIP in May. In his last start, he allowed seven runs to the Rays.

            W   L   PCT   GB
Red Sox    33  22  .600  ---
Yankees    30  23  .566  2.0
Orioles    30  24  .556  2.5
Rays       29  24  .547  3.0
Blue Jays  23  31  .426  9.5


Zenslinger said...

I approve the sweep and the schadenfreude post heartily! The Yanks' losses have been a balm on some of our recent losses.

I didn't realize that the Replacement Level Yankees Weblog has a Red Sox counterpart now. The RLYW Q&A with the Red Sox version was pretty insightful.

Tom DePlonty said...

Onion headline today:

‘CC Sabathia Is Hurting Team,’ Report Yankees Trapped Beneath Pitcher