BoSox Extend Yanks Skid To ThreePosted: May 14, 2011
It’s always a fun time when the Red Sox come to Yankee Stadium for the first time. It’s an even funner time when the Yankees win, but we can’t always get our way and we didn’t last night. Boston would hold on to a close one by a score of 5-4.
Bartolo Colon was okay. He was definitely better than he was in his last start in Texas, but not as good than his first few starts. His biggest mistake was on the bomb that Adrian Gonzalez hit in the fourth inning to get the Sox on the board and make it 1-0.
The inning didn’t end there though. Colon would walk two and Kevin Youkilis would get on thanks to a wild pitch strikeout to load the bases for Carl Crawford who hit an RBI ground out to plate another.
Other than that though he was pretty good. It was very encouraging to see that his velocity is still consistently in the mid-ninties. He basically lives at 93 and 94 with his two-seamer and can reach back for extra with a four-seamer for 96 mph.
His final line would be 6+ IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 103 pitches (68 strikes). The one thing that i will be picky about is the walks because the reason why he has been so successful early on in the season is because he hasn’t walked many.
After a nice day off, I was hoping for the best Joba so the game would stay tied at two. He was brought in for the seventh with a runner on first and nobody out. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded in a fielder’s choice which could have been a double play bobbled by Robinson Cano. It would prove costly as Dustin Pedroia then singled and Adrian Gonzalez hit a sac fly to make it 3-2. However, Youkilis then came up and hit a 2-run homer to make it 5-2 and that definitely took some wind out of the Yankee sail.
Boone Logan was brought in for the eighth and had a nice 1-2-3 inning. He stayed on for Ellsbury in the ninth, but allowed a single, something I didn’t like. Rafael Soriano was brought in and after a stolen base and a sac bunt, Ellsbury was on third with one out for Gonzalez and Youkilis. They walked Gonzalez, struck out Youkilis, walked David Ortiz, and got JD Drew to ground into a fielder’s choice. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.
Once again, the Yankee offense was pretty quiet. Clay Buchholz was very good though striking out seven and yielding two runs in seven innings. The two runs came off the bat of Russell Martin who hit a 2-run homer in the fifth to tie the game at two. Then, after going down 5-2, they started to chip away, just a little too late. Curtis Granderson tripled in the eighth and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. And then in the ninth with two outs, Grandy singled in Derek Jeter to make it 5-4.
The only two players in the Bomber lineup who didn’t have hits were Mark Teixeira (0-for-5) and Robbie Cano (0-for-3) and Granderson was the only one with a multi-hit game. Jorge Posada went 1-for-4 and his average now sits at .165. I will say that he does look more comfortable at the plate. Lastly, as a team, they only got one hit out of seven chances with runner in scoring position and that one came on the run scored in the ninth.
Well, another day, another loss. They need to start hitting in the spots where they have opportunities to score runs. Hopefully tonight will be a better night with marquee pitching match-up like Josh Beckett against CC Sabathia. First pitch at 7:05 on FOX.