Sunday, June 2, 2013

Boston Crushes Yankees and Hughes
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 1st, 2013

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Red Sox 11 Yankees 1

After snapping their five-game losing streak on Friday night behind a strong start from C.C. Sabathia, the New York Yankees go destroyed by the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. The 11-1 loss moves the Yankees to (31-24) on the season, and puts them behind the Red Sox in the division by two games.

Yankees Starter Phil Hughes once again struggled, as his inconsistency this season has been remarkable. The loss is Hughes' fourth of the season, and his ERA is now at 5.37 on the season. The third inning was the downfall of Hughes, as Mike Carp got the Red Sox on the board in the third inning with a RBI double. After Joe Girardi elected to walk David Ortiz to face Mike Napoli, Napoli made Hughes pay hitting a Grand Slam to Right Center Field. Hughes finished the game going just 4.1 innings before getting pulled.

Red Sox Starter Felix Doubront was fantastic in earning his fourth win of the season. Doubront handled the Yankees lineup with relative ease, as he went six innings only allowing one run on six hits. The Yankees only run in the game did come off Doubront in the fourth inning, as Chris Stewart hit a sac-fly to Jayson Nix.

Preston Claiborne was the first man out of the bullpen for the Yankees, and he gave them 1.2 scoreless innings, as he continues to look good when his name is called this season. After Claiborne however things got ugly for the Yankees when Adam Warren was pitching. Daniel Nava got to Warren in the eighth inning with a three-run homerun, which made it a 8-1 lead. The ninth inning didn’t go well for Warren either, as Stephen Drew hit a solo-home run to Right Field, Jose Iglesias hit a RBI single scoring Jarrod Saltamacchia, and then Nava knocked in Iglesias with a RBI ground out. Warren went three innings allowing six runs on eight hits in what was not a good outing from him.

Boston's bullpen was great after the strong start from Doubront, and pitching with a comfortable lead. Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, and Koji Uehara pitched the final three innings. None of the three pitchers allowed a Yankee base runner, and they combined for four strikeouts.

The Yankees offense has been no where to be found lately, which is a main reason for them losing five of their last six games, as in four of them they have scored just one run.

The rubber game of the series will have a good pitching match-up, as Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.39) will be facing Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73) on Sunday Night Baseball.

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