August 11, 2016

G113: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2

Yankees - 001 000 030 - 4  6  0
Red Sox - 100 010 000 - 2  9  1
For the second consecutive night, the Red Sox bullpen blew a lead and lost the game. After Eduardo Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings (7-3-1-1-6, 93), Brad Ziegler allowed three hits and three runs in the eighth, two of the runs scoring when Andrew Benintendi lost Jacoby Ellsbury's bases-loaded, opposite-field line drive to left in the lights.

Boston made a little noise in the bottom of the ninth against Dellin Betances, who did not have his best stuff. Brock Holt worked the count full and struck out, swinging at and missing a high pitch that was clearly ball four. Sandy Leon (3-for-4, two doubles) doubled to right and went to third on a wild pitch. Benintendi walked. With the potential winning run at the plate, Dustin Pedroia struck out swinging and Xander Bogaerts was called out on strikes.

Considering the bullpen headaches in the first two games of this series, I'm not sure why John farrell lifted Rodriguez after only 93 pitches. In hindsight, naturally, Rodriguez should have started the eighth. Instead, it was Ziegler, who allowed a leadoff infield single to Gary Sanchez. Dustin Pedroia's throw was low and Hanley Ramirez stepped back to field it at first base and was run over by Sanchez. Ramirez stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, but did not bat in the bottom half of the eighth. After striking out pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira, Zielger allowed singles to Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, loading the bases. Ellsbury lined a 2-0 pitch to left, which sailed over Benintendi's glove (he seemed to duck as the ball came in) and rolled to the wall. Alex Rodriguez brought in the inning's third run with a groundout to the catcher.

Reporteth the Post:
Boston took a first-inning lead when David Ortiz lined a ground-rule double to right and scored on Hanley Ramirez's single to center. New York tied the game on Austin Romine's solo home run. Ramirez's double in the fifth scored Bogaerts and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
Michael Pineda / Eduardo Rodriguez


allan said...

"Joe Girardi used eight different pitchers [on Wednesday night], none for more than two innings, in the Yankees' win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was the first win in Yankees history in which no pitcher got more than six outs. The Yankees entered Wednesday night 0-13 in games in which they had no pitcher throw more than two innings in a game.

allan said...

The Yankees scored three runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat the Red Sox, 4-2, in the final game of their series at Fenway Park. One night earlier the Yankees trailed 4-1 through six innings but scored five runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth for a 9-4 win. Since 1970, the only other time the Yankees won consecutive games of a regular-season series in Boston after trailing in the seventh inning or later in each game was on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2001, when they beat the Red Sox by scores of 3-1 and 2-1.

hrstrat57 said...

The dumpster fire GIF applies 2 nights in a row, nicely done Allan!

allan said...

Thursday was certainly shitty, but Wednesday - with multiple relievers shitting the bed - was worse, I think.

Still, only 3 GB!