April 10, 2014

G10: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 000 100 - 1  4  1
Yankees - 000 220 00x - 4  7  0
Boston managed just four hits for the second consecutive game. Daniel Nava's first home run of the season, leading off the seventh, was the Red Sox's only run. Xander Bogaerts had two singles and David Ortiz doubled. (According to the Red Sox's stat department, Ortiz has now reached base safely in all 23 games he's played against the Yankees since the start of 2012.)

Buchholz (6-7-4-0-6, 94) fared better than his first start - that would not have been difficult to do - but he was still shaky, giving up several loud outs. Only two of the Yankees' four runs were earned.

Third baseman Jonathan Herrera muffed Jacoby Ellsbury's easy ground ball on the infield grass to start the bottom of the fourth. Carlos Beltran found a hole in the shift, singling to right. Brian McCann ripped a hard single down the right field line, scoring Ellsbury. Beltran scored when Alfonzo Soriano grounded into a double play.

Dean Anna hit his first career home run with one out in the sixth. With two down, Derek Jeter drove an ground rule double to right and scored on Ellsbury's opposite field single.

Pineda (6-4-1-2-7, 94) stifled the Red Sox, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. He struck out two batters in each of the second, third, and fifth innings. David Phelps pitched the final 2.1 innings, retiring all seven batters he faced for the save.

At 5-5, the Yankees moved into a three-way tie (with the Jays and Rays) for first place in the East. The Red Sox are 4-6.
Clay Buchholz / Michael Pineda
Sizemore, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Pierzynski, C
Bradley, CF
Herrera, 3B
The Red Sox are in the Bronx, for a four-game weekend series against Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees. Buchholz hopes to bounce back from a shitty first start of the season, in which he allowed a career-high 13 hits and six runs over 4.1 innings to Milwaukee.

After nine games, Jackie Bradley leads the team in both batting average (.400; 8-for-20) and on-base percentage (.478). ... Bradley is tied with Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia for the team lead in runs (5). ... Pedroia and Mike Napoli lead the Sox with 12 hits. ... Napoli and David Ortiz have each driven in eight runs.

Pineda missed both the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of injury and his recovery therefrom; in his first outing of 2014, he held the Blue Jays to five hits and one run over six innings.

Ellsbury and third baseman Yangervis Solarte lead the MFY with 12 hits. ... Solarte also leads the team in doubles, RBI, OBP, and OPS, and is tied for the team lead in runs. ... Derek Jeter is batting .259 and slugging .296.
            W   L    GB
Blue Jays   5   4   ---
Rays        5   5   0.5
Red Sox     4   5   1.0
Orioles     4   5   1.0
Yankees     4   5   1.0

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