Friday, July 19, 2013

The Yankees offense continues to struggle in loss to Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees on Friday night. The finals score was 4-2 and the game took place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and pitched ok, well after another rough start. The offense couldn’t do much of anything.

Pettitte pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up six hits and four runs with a walk and four strikeouts. He lost his seventh game of the season, Shawn Kelley pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit, Boone Logan walked one in 1/3 of an inning and Preston Claiborne pitched an inning giving up a hit.

Brett Gardner drew a walk, Ichiro Suzuki had a hit and Robinson Cano had a hit and drew a walk. Vernon Wells had a hit and drew a walk, Lyle Overbay had a hit and Brent Lillibridge drew a walk. Chris Stewart had a hit and an RBI, Overbay, Stewart and Cano each hit a double. The Yankees were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Gardner had two stolen bases.

Felix Doubront picked up his seventh win of the season. He pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up three hits and two runs with one of them being earned. Doubront walked three and struck out five. Junichi Tazawa pitched 2/3 of an inning walking one, Craig Breslow pitched an inning giving up two hits and Koji Uehara pitched a perfect inning and picked up his ninth save of the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk, Dustin Pedroia had a hit and David Ortiz had two hits. Mike Napoli drew a walk, Jhonny Gomes had two hits and two RBI and Jose Iglesias had a hit and an RBI. Ortiz hit two doubles, Gomes hit a double and Ellsbury and Gomes each hit a homerun. The Red Sox were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Jarrod Saltalamacchia committed an error.

In the first Ellsbury hit a solo homerun to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. In the second Gomes hit a two run homerun and it was 3-0 Red Sox. Gardner stole third base and scored on a throwing error in the fourth. The Red Sox now had a 3-1 lead. The Yankees cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth. Stewart hit an RBI double. The Sox added a run in the seventh to make it 4-2 and that would be the final score. Iglesias hit an RBI single.

The Yankees record dropped to 51-44 and the Red Sox record improved to 58-39. The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday afternoon. The Yankees are now a season worst seven games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.

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