By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
September 7th, 2013
Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Red Sox 13 Yankees 9
The New York Yankees suffered yet another loss to the Boston Red Sox at home on Saturday afternoon. The loss moves the Yankees to (75-67), which is three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the final Wild Card spot.
David Huff was brought in to the rotation to take the spot of the struggling Phil Hughes, but on Saturday afternoon it was Huff who got shelled, as he picked up his first loss as a Yankee. Mike Napoli who was the hero of Friday nights game wasted little time putting his mark on Saturday's game, as he hit a two-run home run in the second inning to get the Red Sox the early lead. In the third inning the long ball would hurt Huff again, as this time it was a three-run home run by Johnny Gomes. The fourth inning would be the last for Huff, as the Red Sox really broke it open starting with a Ryan Lavarnway double. A RBI ground out by Xander Bogaerts, which was followed by a double by Shane Victorino would make it a 8-2 game, and it would kick Huff from the ball game. Huff would go just 3.1 innings allowing nine runs on eight hits, as Jim Miller would give up a base-hit to Johnny Gomes, which scored Victorino, finishing off Huff's line.
Miller would also struggle coming out of the bullpen, as he gave up one run on his own in the fourth inning on a David Ortiz sac-fly. The fifth inning wasn’t any better for Miller, as Bogaerts hit a two-run home run, which led to Miller getting pulled from the game.
The Yankees offense did a pretty good job of getting to Red Sox Starter John Lackey, but it wasn’t enough, as Lackey was able to get his ninth win of the season despite not pitching well. In the second inning the Yankees would get on the board with a two-out RBI single from Lyle Overbay, which allowed Alfonso Soriano to score. In the third inning the Yankees would try to cut into the lead some more, as Robinson Cano had a RBI single, which was his 95th RBI of the season. Ichiro Suzuki would come thru in the fourth inning with an RBI double that scored Eduardo Nunez to make it a 10-3 game at the time. In the sixth inning the Yankees would put a nice dent into the Red Sox lead started by a Brett Gardner two-run double, which Derek Jeter followed up with a RBI base-hit to knock Lackey from the game. An Alfonso Soriano RBI single off of Matt Thornton would finish off the four-run Yankees sixth inning. Lackey would finish going 5.2 innings allowing seven runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six batters.
In the eighth inning the Yankees would put even more of a scare in the Red Sox, thanks to a two-run double by Mark Reynolds off of Drake Britton, which cut the Red Sox lead to 12-9 heading into the ninth.
Brett Marshall was the best Yankees pitcher in this game, but even he allowed a run in this game, as in his fourth inning of work Mike Napoli took him deep for a solo-home run in the ninth inning that gave the Red Sox a four-run lead heading into the bottom half, and it ended up being the final run of the game.
Next up for the Yankees will be the final game of the four-game series, as they will hope to avoid a sweep at home with Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99) facing off against Jon Lester (13-8, 3.88).