Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sox Again Put Up Five Spot On Yanks, Win 5-2,

On a wet afternoon in the Bronx, the Yankees lost their second straight game to the rival Red Sox in game two of the three-game set. C. C. Sabathia(5-6, 3.77 ERA) got the ball for New York, pitching amidst rumors that teams were inquiring about acquiring the big lefty via trade before the July 31st deadline. Getting recalled from Triple-A pawtucket, Eduardo Rodriguez got the call for the Sox and pitched phenomenally well this afternoon as he shut the door on any Yankee hopes of evening the series at one.

Although it took Sabathia 22 pitches to get through the first two frames, trouble came in the third inning as the Red Sox took the first lead of the game. Rookie Bryce Brentz led off the frame by reaching base on a throwing error by shortstop Gregorius. Mookie Betts hit a single to center and Dustin Pedroia walked for the second time, loading the bases with one out. Xander Bogarts then hit a sharp ground ball to short that was fielded by Gregorius who flipped it to Castro for one and on to Teixeira for an apparent inning ending double play. But the Bogarts call of "out" at first was overturned after a 59 second replay and the Brentz run that scored from third counted, 1-0 Boston.

Brett Gardner got that run back in the bottom of the frame for Sabathia and the Yanks when the 2015 All-Star smacked a Rodriguez fastball into the right-centerfield seats for his sixth longball of the year, tying the game at one.

Thirty pitches, two infield singles and a ground ball with eyes that led to the Red Sox retaking the lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Bradley Jr. reached on an infield single to Gregorius and Brentz followed with a two out infield single to Headley. Sandy Leon then drove in the second Red Sox run of a game with a 96 hopper through the 5.5 hole that scored Bradley Jr. and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

More soft contact and Yankee errors led to Boston widening their lead and knocking C.C. out of the ballgame.  Jackie Bradley Jr. and Aaron Hill led off the sixth with back-to-back soft singles, with the letter an infield single that resulted in a throwing error by third-baseman Chase Headley that advanced Bradley Jr. to third and Hill to second base. For the second straight game, a Yankee starter served up a homer to a Red Sox nine-hole hitting Red Sox backstop. Today's blast was the hardest hit ball off of C.C. all afternoon, a Sandy Leon three-run shot that extended the Sox lead to 5-1. Sabathia was pulled after he allowed a single to Mookie Betts, departing with a final line of 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs(four earned) on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

In the eighth, Chase Headley hit his eighth homer of the season , a solo shot that made it a 5-2 game. Although Headley's shot pulled the Yankees back to within striking distance, his valiant attempts went for not as the Yankees were unable to put any more runs on the board, resulting in a final score of 5-2.

The third and final game of the series can be seen on ESPN tomorrow night, with first pit scheduled for 8:05 PM ET.

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