By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
April 3rd, 2013
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Red Sox 7 Yankees 4
The New York Yankees were unable to avenge their Opening Day loss to the Red Sox, as the Bronx Bombers lost for the second straight game on Wednesday against their arch rivals.
Hiroki Kuroda’s first start of the season went almost as bad as one could imagine, as he only pitched 1.1 innings due to try to bare hand a line drive from Shane Victorino in the second inning, which forced him to leave the game. Kuroda’s final line was 1.1 innings pitched, as he gave up four hits, one walk, and two earned runs. There is no word yet on how bad Kuroda’s pitching hand it hurt, but taking a line drive off a bare hand can’t feel very good.
The Red Sox Starter Clay Buchholz looked extremely good, while earning his first win of the season. Buchholz went seven strong innings, while only allowing one run on six hits, and two walks.
What spelled doom for the Yankees in this game was their first pitcher out of the bullpen, as Cody Eppley got rocked. Coming in for the injured Kuroda, Eppley went 1.1 innings, allowing four runs, and four hits in a disaster of a third inning for Eppley.
A bright spot for the Yankees in the loss was the great performance they got out of the bullpen from Adam Warren after Eppley was pulled. In his first appearance of the season Warren went 5.1 innings, while only allowing one run on five hits, with one walk, and struck out four batters. If Kuroda is unable to pitch in his next start or needs time on the DL, it would seem that Warren may have earned the spot start if needed.
Offensively the Yankees were led by new addition Vernon Wells, who carried the Yankees offense for the most part. Wells went three for four at the plate, while hitting a three-run homerun off former Yankee Alfredo Aceves in the eighth inning.
Kevin Youkilis was also able to have a nice game in his second game in pinstripes, as against his former team Youkilis went two for four, with a run scored. The Yankees hope this will be the first of many multi-hit games for Youkilis this season.
The other new addition for the Yankees, Travis Hafner was the man who got the Yankees on the board in this game. Hafner was the only Yankee to get to Buchholz, with a solo homerun to right center field in the fourth inning.
The Yankees will look to avoid the sweep at home on Thursday night, as Andy Pettitte will take the mound against Ryan Dempster.