By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 18th, 2013
New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox Post Game Recap
Final Score Yankees 9 Red Sox 6
The New York Yankees were able to pull of possibly their best win of the season on Sunday night, as they took the rubber game in their series with the Boston Red Sox. The win moves the Yankees to (64-59), which is 7.5 games behind the Red Sox for the AL East and still six games behind the two Wild Card spots.
C.C. Sabathia once again did not pitch well, but with a lot of run support was able to pick up his 11th win of the season. The Red Sox wasted little time getting to Sabathia. As in the first inning they scored two runs on a Johnny Gomes sac-fly, and a Jarrod Saltalamacchia base-hit. The middle innings wouldn’t be any kinder to Sabathia, as in the third inning a David Ortiz ground-out scored Shane Victorino for the third run off Sabathia. In the fourth inning it two more runs would be allowed on a Stephen Drew sac-fly, and then a Will Middlebrooks solo-home run. In the fifth inning the Red Sox would get their final run off of Sabathia with the bases loaded, as Daniel Nava was able to work a walk. Sabathia would finish going 5.1 innings allowing six runs on seven hits, five walks, and he did not retaliate to Alex Rodriguez being hit by a pitch.
Red Sox Starter Ryan Dempster also struggled in this game, and he picked up his ninth loss of the season. In the second inning, Dempster threw a pitch at Rodriguez's knees, and then on a 3-0 count drilled him with a pitch in the elbow. This however seemed to spark the Yankees, as Joe Girardi came out of the dugout and went absolutely nuts on the home plate umpire and had some words for Dempster as well. The Yankees would however make Dempster pay in the inning, as Eduardo Nunez had a base-hit that scored Rodriguez, and then Overbay had a sac-fly that scored Curtis Granderson to tie the game up at the time. In the third inning Rodriguez would get some semi revenge off Dempster with an RBI ground-out that scored Ichiro Suzuki to break the tied game at the time. A few innings later in the sixth Rodriguez would get his full on revenge, as he hit a solo-home run, which really seemed to wake the Yankees offense up in that inning, as later in the inning Brett Gardner would clear the bases with a three-run triple giving the Yankees the lead. Dempster would finish going 5.1 innings allowing seven runs on nine hits, one walk, and he added some juice to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry by hitting Rodriguez.
The Yankees offense would be able to get some insurance runs in the seventh and ninth innings against the Red Sox bullpen, as in the seventh Mark Reynolds had a two-out RBI single that scored Granderson, and in the ninth Chris Stewart had a base-hit that scored Jayson Nix, who came in to play Shortstop for the injured Nunez.
Mariano Rivera got back on the mound after his tough last week, and even though the tying runner got to the plate against Rivera he was able to close the door on the Red Sox giving the Yankees the series win, and earning his 36th save of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be a double-header in the Bronx against the Toronto Blue Jays, as they Yankees will be playing four games in three days against them.