Saturday, April 11, 2015

Recap: Red Sox 8, Yankees 4

Joe Kelly had a dominant first start of the season, surrendering just one run in seven innings as the Red Sox easily beat the Yankees, 8-4, in a Saturday matinee at Yankee Stadium. 

Warren Solid: Adam Warren lasted just 5 1/3 innings for the Yankees in this one, but did limit the Red Sox to two runs (one earned) during that period. He gave up just five hits while walking two and striking out one on the afternoon -- impressively inducing a couple of double plays from Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Holt's Four-Hit Day: Warren had a tough time dealing with center fielder Brock Holt, however, as did just about all of the Yankees' pitching staff. Holt, the only man on either roster who didn't appear in Friday's 19-inning affair, went 4-for-5 with three singles against a trio of Pinstripe hurlers -- driving in three runs in the eighth with a well-struck double off Matt Tracy.

Defensive Struggles: Alex Rodriguez dropped a low but catchable throw to first in the second, soon resulting in an early unearned run to put the Red Sox up 1-0. Chase Headley then pulled A-Rod off the bag with a wide delivering in the eighth -- eventually handing the visitors three more undeserved to make it 8-1.

Offensive Struggles: The Yankees' bats crossed home in the second on a Didi Gregorius sac fly, but were otherwise quiet in Kelly's seven frames. Indeed, Kelly retired each of the last 17 Yankees he faced in the contest -- though New York did show some life in the eighth when Chris Young hit a three-run homer. 

Bullpen Struggles: With the Yankees still down just 2-1 going into the seventh, Justin Wilson and Chris Martin combined to allow three runs on two hits and a walk -- the big blow coming on a two-run double to center from the aforementioned Pedroia. Batting with two men on and one out in the turn, Pedroia plated a pair with a deep fly ball over Young's head -- essentially sealing Boston's victory.

Next Up: The Yankees will look to avoid being swept in this series when they host the Red Sox again on Sunday -- beginning at 8:05 p.m. ET and airing live on ESPN. Masahiro Tanaka is expected to start for the Yankees in his second outing of the young season -- Tanaka hoping to bounce back following a disappointing Opening Day versus the Blue Jays. 

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