Game Day

Yankees Game 21: Substance fueled loss

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

New York Yankees 1 — Boston Red Sox 5

A game muddied up by a mark on the neck of Michael Pineda took place in Fenway Park.

Like the Boston Red Sox pulled up a mirror of last night’s game, leadoff batter with a triple, Grady Sizemore opened the game like the Yankees did yesterday. Dustin Pedroia would put the Red Sox ahead with a single and two more singles would come to bring home another run and give the Red Sox an early two-run lead.

While John Lackey was mowing down the Yankees bats, including striking out the side in the second inning, Michael Pineda appeared to have settled down after getting the first two outs in the second inning. Then…

With Michael Pineda out of the game, David Phelps had to take on in an emergency role and finished off the second inning. Phelps’ first full inning of work didn’t start well as Derek Jeter made a throw in the dirt that would be ruled an error. David Ortiz would get a hit-and-run single to put runners on the corners. Mike Napoli would hit an unorthodox ground-rule double when he hit it into the right field corner and when it got by right fielder Brett Gardner, it bounced into the crowd and one run would score. A wild pitch would bring in the fourth run later in this inning.

The offense could not get anything going against Lackey. The Yankees threatened in the fifth inning when Brett Gardner led off with a single and Kelly Johnson hit a ground-rule double into right field. Jacoby Ellsbury would strike out and Derek Jeter would harmlessly ground out to second base for one of his four hitless at-bats, ending his 11-game hitting streak. The offense got their only run in the sixth inning. Carlos Beltran hit a lead off double and advanced to third on a ground out to the pitcher. Soriano would hit a fly ball to deep right field to bring home the lone run.

Over eight innings, John Lackey allowed one run on seven hits while striking out 11. Koji Uehara would allow a lead off single in the ninth inning but would strike out the next three batters to take the second game of this three-game series.

The punishment handed down on Michael Pineda for the illegal substance will not be announced immediately as MLB must convene with the umpires of tonight’s game an determine the severity of the incident that occurred. Needless to say, this was a very poor decision by Michael Pineda that clouds the progress he has made up to this point and will always put a dirty cloud around him and what he will be capable of doing from this point forward.

Win – John Lackey (3-2)

Loss – Michael Pineda (2-2)




*Alfonso Soriano – 1 for 3, RBI (8)

*Carlos Beltran – 2 for 4, R, 2B

Red Sox

*Dustin Pedroia – 2 for 5, 2 R, RBI (4)

*Mike Napoli – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI (14)


Current Yankees Record: 12-9


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