Boston Red Sox 3 — New York Yankees 10
A quick battle of home runs led to a 10-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Phil Hughes has a habit of giving up home runs but to his credit, they have often been solo home runs. On 110 pitches through 7 innings, Hughes gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. The 3 runs were all on home runs. Dustin Pedroia hit the 1st in the 1st, Carl Crawford hit his first home run of the season in the 3rd, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia continues to have a good offensive season as he hit his 20th in the 4th inning. After these home runs were deposited beyond the outfield wall, Hughes settled down and managed to get far deeper into the game than many expected he would. Generally, solo home runs do not beat you and when you have the Yankees offense supporting you, that is often the case. David Robertson pitched a solid 8th inning and once the game was well in hand, Cody Eppley was brought in for the 9th to end tonight’s game.
The Yankees offense got to an early start on Red Sox starter Aaron Cook. The starter for the Red Sox has a propensity for putting the ball in play as he allowed just 3 walks and struck out 3 over 36 innings so defense would be important. In the 1st inning, middle infielders Dustin Pedroia and Mike Aviles didn’t complete a double play that would have ended the inning on Mark Teixeira and a run scored on that play. With the inning extended, Raul Ibanez made the most of it and hit a two-run home run to put the Yankees ahead 3-1 early. Teixeira would bring in another run on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning. Then in the 4th, the slumping Russell Martin hit a no doubt two-run home run deep into left field following Ichiro Suzuki’s single in his first night as a Yankee in the Bronx. With a 6-3 lead in the 8th inning, Curtis Granderson came to bat against former Yankee Mark Melancon. The former Yankees reliever could not get the ball in enough on Granderson as it leaked back to the middle of the plate where it was delivered to right field for a grand slam to all but seal the win. Tonight’s game at 2 hours and 41 minutes was the fastest Yankees-Red Sox game since September 2005.
Win – Phil Hughes (10-8)
Loss – Aaron Cook (2-4)
*Dustin Pedroia – 2 for 4, R, Solo Home Run (8) in the 1st, RBI (35)
*Carl Crawford – 1 for 4, R, Solo Home Run (1) in the 3rd, RBI (2)
*Curtis Granderson – 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B, Grand Slam (28) in the 8th, 4 RBI (58)
*Russell Martin – 1 for 3, 2 R, BB, 2-Run Home Run (11) in the 4th, 2 RBI (27)
Current Yankees Record: 60-39