Saturday, April 21, 2012

The New York Yankees ruin the 100th anniversary party at Fenway by beating the Boston Red Sox

The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox by the score of 6-2 Friday evening. Ivan Nova made the start for the Yankees and pitched well. Clay Bucholz started for the Red Sox and didn’t pitch so well. The Yankees offense hit five solo homeruns in the game. 
Nova won his third game of the year, pitching six innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. Cory Wade pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one, Dave Robertson pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two and Cody Eppley gave up a hit. Mariano Rivera pitched an inning and struck out two batters. Bucholz took the loss and is now 1-1 on the season. He pitched six innings giving up nine hits on six runs with five of them being earned. He walked two and struck out two. Scott Atchison pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one, J. Thomas pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Junicha Tazawa pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Derek Jeter had a hit, Curtis Granderson had a hit and drew a walk and Alex Rodriguez had two hits and two RBI. Robinson Cano had a hit, Nick Swisher had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Raul Ibanez had a hit. Eric Chavez had two hits and two RBI and Russell Martin had a hit and an RBI. Swisher had a double and a homerun. Chavez had two homeruns, Rodriguez had a homerun and Martin had a homerun. The Yankees were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base.

Mike Aviles had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox. Mike Sweeney had a hit, Dustin Pedroia had a hit and Adrian Gonzalez had a hit. David Ortiz had two hits and an RBI, Kevin Youkilis had a hit and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a hit. Cody Ross had a hit, Youkilis had a double and Sweeney had a double. Ross and Aviles each had a double and Ortiz hit a homerun. The Red Sox were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Pedroia committed an error.

Rodriguez had an RBI single in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the second Swisher and Chavez hit solo homeruns to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Ortiz hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1. The play was overturned as it was ruled a double on the field but correctly overturned and ruled a homerun after replay. In the fourth Chavez hit his second solo homerun to make it a 4-1 Yankees lead. In the fifth inning Rodriguez hit a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 5-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning Aviles hit an RBI double to cut the Yankees lead to 5-2, the Yankees would add a sixth and final run in the sixth inning. Martin hit a solo homerun.

The Yankees improved their record to 8-6 and Boston saw their record drop to 4-9 on the season. The two teams will play game two of a three game series on Saturday afternoon at 4:00PM. If the weather holds out on Sunday the finale will be an 8:00PM start. A day after Granderson had a three homerun game, Chavez had two homeruns in his first two at bats but that was all he would get. The Yankees offense is starting to kick in gear, they have now hit nine homeruns in the last two games. The guys that were struggling are starting to hit such as Teixeira, Rodriguez, Cano. Nova continues to do nothing but win games, it is remarkable how this guy has grown and become so confident. When he has a lead the game is over, he never loses.

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