Monday, August 20, 2012

The Yankees ride the Japanese players to victory over the Red Sox

The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox by the score of 4-1 on Sunday night. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and he was great once again. Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki led the Yankees offense. Josh Beckett started for the Red Sox and was ok but not great. Their bullpen was good and their offense only managed five hits.  Kuroda pitched eight innings giving up one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Kuroda earned his 12th win of the season. Rafael Soriano picked up his 31st save of the season pitching a scoreless inning and giving up a hit. He had a strikeout, Beckett pitched six innings giving up seven hits and four runs with three walks and six strikeouts. Beckett lost his 11th game of the season. Andrew Miller pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a walk and he struck out two and Junichi Tazawa pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit.
Jeter had three hits, Nick Swisher drew a walk and Robinson Cano had a hit and drew a walk. Curtis Granderson had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks, Suzuki had three hits and two RBI, Jeter had two doubles and Granderson hit a double. Suzuki hit two homeruns, the Yankees were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Jeter and Swisher each had a stolen base.
Carl Crawford had a hit, Adrian Gonzalez had a hit and an RBI and Ryan Lavernway had a hit. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a hit and Nick Punto had a hit. Gonzalez hit a homerun and the Red Sox were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and they left three men on base.
In the first Granderson hit an RBI double to make it 1-0 Yankees. In the third Beckett threw a wild pitch and Jeter scored to make it 2-0 Yankees. Suzuki hit a solo homerun in the fourth and in the sixth innings to make it 4-0. In the seventh Gonzalez hit a solo homerun and that would be the final run of the game.
The Yankees won two out of three in the series. The Yankees record improved to 72-49 and the Red Sox record dropped to 59-63. Jeter leads the major leagues in hits and Suzuki is hitting over 300 as a Yankee and showing a little more power. The Yankees will head to Chicago to take on the White Sox in a three game series beginning on Monday night.

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