New York Yankees 14 — Boston Red Sox 5
The Yankees came out hot and finished strong in tonight’s blowout in Boston.
In the first inning, the Yankees got the first two outs before birthday boy, Carlos Beltran, hit a laser to shortstop Xander Bogaerts that deflected off him for an error. Alfonso Soriano would make the most of the error with a double to right center field to bring home Beltran. In the second inning, the “transfer rule” reared its ugly head. With Gardner on first base, Brian Roberts hit aground ball to third baseman Brock Holt and Pedroia didn’t make the catch at second to start the double play by “transfer rule” and everyone was safe. Yangervis Solarte would snap his 0-for-14 skid with a ringing double down the left field line to bring home two more runs. Later on Carlos Beltran would come up with runners on the corners. Red Sox starter Felix Doubront would throw a pitch in the dirt that got away and was initially called a hit by pitch so runners could not advance.
Replay overturns the call. The wild pitch allowed Solarte to score from third and the Yankees were up by four.
In the third inning, Mark Teixeira would hit his first home run of the season, just deep enough over the Monster. Brett Gardner would reach first on an error by Doubront before stealing second and third with ease. Brian Roberts would hit a single to bring home Gardner and like Gardner, Roberts stole second base. Jacoby Ellsbury would bring home Roberts with a single to center field and Doubront’s dreadful night was over.
Over just 2.2 innings, Felix Doubront allowed seven runs, three earned, on six hits, two walks and one strikeout.
On the other side, CC Sabathia had a big lead to work with. The Red Sox would rally for some offense in the third inning with the dreaded lead off walk. Shane Victorino would hit a double in his season debut to put runners in scoring position with no one out. David Ortiz would hit a sacrifice fly to bring home their first run of the game and later, Jonny Gomes would hit a double to bring home a second run.
Over six good innings, CC Sabathia allowed two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out eight.
The offense would hit a lull in the middle of the game against Burke Badenhop but it would come back to life against lefty Craig Breslow. Brian McCann started with a single to left field. Brett Gardner would walk and the Red Sox would commit an error that would end up costly. Solarte would hit a single the opposite way to right field and two more runs would score to make up for the runs they allowed. Ellsbury would hit a ground-rule double to right field to bring home another run and Derek Jeter would continue the hit parade with a single to bring home two runs. A wild pitch in the eighth inning scored the Yankees’ 13th run of the game.
Postion player Mike Carp came in for the ninth inning as the pitcher. Strangely, he threw an impressive knuckleball. Unfortunately, control was not impressive. He would walk five in the inning but a double play minimized the damage as he allowed just one run in a hitless inning of work.
In the seventh inning, Shane Greene made his major league debut. He walked the first batter, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Derek Jeter didn’t help the rookie out with a fielding error to put two on and no outs. A pitch would get by McCann to allow a run to score before Shane Victorino would be the first (and only) out for Greene, striking out on three pitches. Greene would walk two more batters before his rough debut was over. Getting just one out, Greene walked three and struck out one. He didn’t allow a hit and his eventual three runs allowed would come in unearned so his ERA still sits at 0.00.
A welcome sight for Yankees fans in the ninth inning was the return of David Robertson, just looking to get work in since being on the disabled list. Two ground outs and a fly out ended the game nice and quickly.
Every Yankees starter in the lineup got a hit except for Brett Gardner who still walked three times and scored four times. The Yankees walked a season-high 12 times tonight, even if five came against a position player.
In a box score you don’t see everyday, the Red Sox scored more runs (5) and committed more errors (5) than hits (4).
Win – CC Sabathia (3-2)
Loss – Felix Doubront (1-3)
*Yangervis Solarte – 2 for 5, 2 R, BB, 2B, 4 RBI (13)
*Jacoby Ellsbury – 3 for 6, R, BB, 2 2B, 3 RBI (11)
*Brian Roberts – 2 for 5, 4 R, BB, RBI (4)
*Jonny Gomes – 1 for 2, BB, 2B, 2 RBI (8)
*Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI (5)
Current Yankees Record: 13-9