This is not what the Red Sox needed tonight. They definitely did not need to come into New York and drop the first game of the series. And they definitely did not need to come into New York and give up five home runs. Nope… that, my friends, isn’t going to win you many games.
I’m not sure if the air was extra thin at Yankee stadium or what tonight but it seemed like balls were flying out the park like crazy. In addition to the five the Bronx Bombers hit out, the Red Sox launched one of their own. See? They’re underachievers. You can’t give up five home runs to your opponent, only hit one in return and expect to win. It’s simple math, people.
Franklin Morales gave up four of the five home runs. I think he might be allergic to pinstripes. This season, he has given up eight total homers to the Yankees. Thankfully they were all solo shots or someone’s ERA might have really skyrocketed. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t Morales’s best outing.
Nick Swisher led the charge for the Yankees, responsible for two of those round-trippers. And Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back in the second.
The Red Sox had just one burst of offensive brilliance in the third inning when they scored all four of their runs, fueled by a three-run homer by birthday boy, Dustin Pedroia. At the time it gave them a 4-3 lead but we all know that holding a one-run lead for another six innings is pretty difficult against this Yankees line up — even with their recent barrage of injuries.
And once again, I am just completely confoooosed by anything Bobby Valentine says in post game interviews. I keep wondering if maybe I just don’t speak Bobby V and that he makes perfect sense to everyone else. I can’t even listen to him without my head almost exploding.
“Well, other than the home runs, he had pretty good stuff,” said manager Bobby Valentine. “They hit all of his different pitches. It wasn’t any one pitch. Jeter’s ball, I guess, cut a little inside for a pitch that he wanted — I think he wanted to have that go away. But otherwise, he wasn’t that bad. He just wasn’t good enough.”
Click here for the home run derby box score, courtesy of the Red Sox. The two teams meet again today at 4:05pm for a nationally televised game on Fox. Jon Lester, coming off a very strong 12-strikeout performance over the Indians, will face David Phelps. Lester has not had much luck against the Yankees this season — he’s 0-1 with an ERA of 6.97 in two starts.