Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stick A Fork In 'Em, Yanks Are Done With 6-5 Loss to Boston

On a beautiful day in Boston, the Yankees once again blew a late lead to the Red Sox, resulting in their third straight loss to Boston. Although Brian Mitchell and David Price started for their respective teams, neither would factor into the final decision as Mitchell pitched well and Price did not. But once again, the Yankees fell victim to more shoddy bullpen work which resulted in there sixth loss in the last seven games.

While Price and Mitchell kept the game scoreless through the first two frames, the Yankees were first to hit the scoreboard in the top of the third. Austin Romine led off the inning with a soft single to left, scoring on a Brett Gardner one-out triple to the triangle in dead center(420-ft from home), making it a 1-0 game. After a Jacoby Ellsbury ground out, Baby Bomber Gary Sanchez obliterated a Price cutter over the Green Monster and onto Landsdown Street for a two run shot that widened the Yankee lead to three.

But, the Red Sox would go on to get two of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. Highly touted rookie Andrew Benintendi smoked a double off the top of the wall in centerfield to lead off the frame, scoring on a Xander Bogarts one-out rocket double to center, pulling Boston to within two. After Bogarts advanced to third on a wild pitch, David Ortiz grounded out softly to second base, scoring Bogarts to close the gap, 3-2.

Just as the Sox put up two runs in the bottom of the third, so too did the Bombers in the top of the fourth. After a Billy Butler strike out to begin the inning, Didi Gregorius hit a soft single to right, advancing to second on a Chase Headley ground ball single to left. The next batter Austin Romine belted a double over the head of Benintendi and off the Monster, scoring both Gregorius and Headley to put the Yankees back up by three.

Side Note: Rob Refsnyder struck out once again with a runner on third and less than two outs.   And with Starlin Castro going down with an apparent hamstring injury after lacing a double in the top of the fifth, Refsnyder is going to see plenty more at-bats and needs to be much more productive in these spots if he plans on being a part of the Yankee Youth Movement.

In a game where two-run innings seemed to be the theme of the game, the Red Sox put another two-spot on the Yankees in the bottom of the fifth. After Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the frame with a walk, Bogarts blasted his 20th homer of the season; a two-out, two-run blast into the seats atop the Green Monster that pulled the Sox back to within one, 5-4. The longball would spell the end of Mitchell's afternoon as he was pulled for right-hander Luis Severino.

The Red Sox kept the offensive pressure on, completing their comeback as they tied the game and then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Xander Bogarts recorded his third extra base hit of the day. another rocket double to centerfield to leadoff the seventh. Severino was pulled for Tommy Layne, who immediately got David Ortiz to pop out to left, however still advancing Bogarts from second to third. Layne was then pulled for Adam Warren, who proceeded to serve up a ground ball single to Mookie Betts that bounced over the head of Gregorius and into left field, scoring Bogarts and tying the game at five. Hanley Ramirez followed with a sharp single to left, advancing Betts to second base. After a Travis Shaw ground out that advanced both runners up a base, Warren chucked a wild pitch during Sandy Leon's at-bat, scoring Betts from third to give the Red Sox their first lead of the afternoon at 6-5, where it unfortunately would remain for the rest of the game.

The Yankees will try to salvage the fourth and final game against the Red Sox tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 8:05 PM/EST and can be seen on ESPN as the Sunday Night Game of the Week.

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