By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 16th, 2013
New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 10 Red Sox 3
The New York Yankees were able to start their big series in Boston against the Red Sox on a very positive note with the blowout victory in Game 1 of the series. The win moves the Yankees to (63-58), which is now 7.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, and six games behind the two Wild Card spots.
Red Sox Starter Felix Doubront got roughed up by the Yankees offense early in this game, as he was handed his sixth loss of the season. In the first inning Alfonso Soriano had an RBI infield single that scored Brett Gardner. Newly acquired Mark Reynolds made his presence felt in the second inning, as he too Doubront over the Green Monster for his first home run as a Yankees, that scored Vernon Wells. In the third inning Soriano would strike again hitting a three-run home run, which tied him for the MLB record of 18 RBIs in a four-game span, and gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead. The final run off Doubront would come from a Robinson Cano base-hit that scored Eduardo Nunez. Doubront would pitch just four innings allowing seven runs, six of which were earned on eight hits and two walks.
Andy Pettitte had a throwback type performance on Friday night, as he picked up his eighth win of the season, and may have had his best start of the season. Pettitte would go 6.2 innings allowing three unearned runs due to two errors by Nunez, who had his issues in the field on Friday. He only allowed six hits and one walk, and it was the first time all season Pettitte didn’t allow an earned run, which is a great sign for the Yankees if he can get rolling heading into September.
The Yankees offense would get to Red Sox Reliever Drake Britton in the ninth inning to really make sure the Red Sox wouldn’t be able to make a comeback in this game. Three singles by Ichiro Suzuki, Reynolds, and Chris Stewart all scored Yankees making it a 10-3 game heading into the bottom half of the ninth.
Joba Chamberlain has not had a good season to say the least, and as he was called on to finished up a game with a seven run lead, Chamberlain loaded up the bases before Joe Girardi saw enough and pulled him in favor of David Huff. Huff was able to get Jacoby Ellsbury to pop up for the final out of the game.
Next up for the Yankees will be a chance to win the series on Saturday afternoon, as Hiroki Kuroda (11-7, 2.33) will be facing John Lackey (7-10, 3.32).