Beckett, Scutaro Lead Sox To VictoryPosted: April 11, 2011
With the Yankees and the Red Sox splitting the first two games of the 2011 series, tonight was the rubber game of their first series, and an important one for both teams. The Sox were 1-7 entering tonight and a win would hopefully get them on the right track. The Yankees, on the other hand, had a big win yesterday and win tonight would have made this three straight series they’ve won to open the series. In a battle of solid pitching, the BoSox would prevail by a score of 4-0.
CC Sabathia showed tonight what makes him such a good pitcher. He had no where near his best stuff, but still grinded, fought through, and kept his team in the game. His final line would be 5.2 IP, 9 hits, 1 run, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He obviously didn’t have much control, but this was shown especially in his change up.
Josh Beckett, however, was about as sharp as a pitcher could be. He went 8 IP only giving up 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 10. It was like deja vu from Game 6 of the 2003 World Series. He threw 15 less pitches than Sabathia in 2.1 less innings.
Joba Chamberlain came in with the bases loaded to get the last out in the sixth. But he did run in to trouble in the seventh as he only recorded one out and gave up two earned. Boone Logan than got the last two outs. Freddy Garcia was finally given some type of real work as he worked the eighth allowing one run.
There is nothing that can be said about the Yankees hitting tonight besides the fact that it was awful. The top three hitters tonight did absolutely nothing once again as they combined to go 0 for 11 with a walk and six strikeouts. Alex Rodriguez was a late scratch as he had flu-like symptoms. Eric Chavez stepped and actually delivered the first of the Yankees two hits. For the Sox, Marco Scutaro was the star going 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs batted in.
So obviously, this was not the way the Yankees wanted to end the series heading into an off day. After tomorrow off, the Bombers will host the red hot Orioles in a three game set, although they did just lose two out of three to the even hotter Rangers.