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BOSTON, MA - JULY 10: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees makes contact in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Soxat Fenway Park on July 10, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Rodriguez hit a home run inn the first inning to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Game 87: Yankees lose, Refsnyder shines in the field

Tonight’s game was highly anticipated by all Yankees fans. We’ve grown tired of Stephen Drew and his below mediocre performance at the plate. Robert Refsnyder mad his debut, and unfortunately, we did not learn much from him at the plate. In his first at-bat he grounded into a double play, and finished 0-3 on the night. However, Refsnyder looked like a stud in the field, looking smooth on a double play ball in the second inning and showing his cannon of an arm in the seventh on Mookie Betts‘ RBI triple. He at least looked like a professional out there, and one poor night at the plate does not tell us anything. He still has great potential, and is a better option than Stephen Drew.

Scoring summary:

Alex Rodriguez hit his 18th home run of the season, right over the Green Monster just like on Friday. The Yankees took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Alejandro De Aza scored on a play where Refsnyder had only one option, and that was to throw to first. John Ryan Murphy made an errant throw which allowed De Aza to advance to third on the steal.

Hanley Ramirez hit his 19th home run of the season with David Ortiz on base, which gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Nova hung one right over the plate, and Ramirez took it to right field.

In the sixth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury homered to center field, which brought the game to 3-2.  Ellsbury has looked strong since returning from his knee injury, especially against his former team.

In the seventh, Mookie Betts hit an RBI triple against Adam Warren, where Refsnyder displayed a perfect relay throw from right field. Next, Xander Bogaerts reached on a difficult infield single, scoring Betts. This brought the score to 5-2 in favor of the Red Sox. Warren was replaced by Chasen Shreve who walked David Ortiz (and threw his bat down in a jerk kind of fashion) which loaded the bases. Shreve then struck out Ramirez to end the threat.

In the eighth inning, our All-Star Brett Gardner ripped an RBI double off of the monster. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring for the night, as the Yankees fell to the Red Sox 5-3.

W: Eduardo Rodriguez (5-2)

L: Ivan Nova (1-3)

S: Koji Uehara (22)