If you stopped watching the Yankees-Red Sox game because you thought they were was no chance the Yankees could make a comeback, I hope you realize how terrible that mistake was and that you learn from it.
When Cody Ross hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to make the score 9-0, I shook my head, mad that my prediction was wrong. I had predicted a lot of runs would be scored in yesterday’s game but I assumed both teams would be scoring left and right not just the Red Sox. The Yankees were not holding up their end of the deal. They could not get anything substantial going against Felix Dubront who came into this game with an ERA north of five. Mark Teixeira finally broke through with a solo shot in the top of the sixth that had most Yankee fans thinking, “At least they scored one!”
As soon as Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine took Dubront out of the game in the seventh, the wheels came off for Boston.
- A. Jones struck out swinging
- R. Martin singled to shallow right
- E. Nunez singled, R. Martin to second
- D. Jeter walked, R. Martin to third, E. Nunez to second
- N. Swisher homered to left center, R. Martin, E. Nunez and D. Jeter scored
- R. Cano doubled to left
- M. Albers relieved V. Padilla
- A. Rodriguez safe at first on shortstop M. Aviles’ fielding error, R. Cano to third
- M. Teixeira homered to left, R. Cano and A. Rodriguez scored
- F. Morales relieved M. Albers
- C. Granderson singled to shallow right
- A. Jones struck out swinging
- R. Martin grounded into fielder’s choice, C. Granderson out at second
The Yankees had made it a one run game with three innings left against Boston’s bullpen. Because of how bad the Red Sox bullpen is – they’re ranked last in nearly every major pitching category – the odds were in the Yankees’ favor even when they were down one run. Speaking of odds, the Red Sox had a 99.6% chance of winning the game when they were up 9-1.
When Rafael Soriano came in for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh he promptly gave up a ground rule double to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Luckily for the Yankees, he settled down and retired the next three batters in order. It was still 9-8. The Yankees had the Sox in their sights.
After Franklin Morales surrendered a single to Eduardo Nunez to start the eighth, Valentine called upon his closer Alfredo Aceves to get the final six outs of the game. Aceves couldn’t get one.
- D. Jeter walked, E. Nunez to second
- N. Swisher doubled to deep center, E. Nunez and D. Jeter scored
- R. Cano intentionally walked
- A. Rodriguez walked, N. Swisher to third, R. Cano to second
- M. Teixeira ground rule double to right, N. Swisher and R. Cano scored, A. Rodriguez to third
- C. Granderson intentionally walked
- J. Thomas relieved A. Aceves
- R. Ibanez hit for A. Jones
- R. Ibanez lined into double play, C. Granderson out at second
- R. Martin doubled to deep center, A. Rodriguez and M. Teixeira scored
- E. Nunez singled to shallow left, R. Martin to third
- J. Tazawa relieved J. Thomas
- E. Nunez stole second
- D. Jeter singled to shortstop, R. Martin scored, E. Nunez to third
- N. Swisher flied out to center
The New York Yankees went from being down nine runs to being up six and according to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, it was the second time in MLB history that something like that had happened. (He didn’t say when the other time was and frankly, I feel gypped.)
Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher each finished with six RBI, Derek Jeter finished with three hits and is now batting .382, and Eduardo Nunez also added three hits.
After the game, the Red Sox were in shock. Bobby Valentine said that he told his team that yesterday was probably rock bottom for them. On the flip side, the Yankees were all smiles, while recalling their late game heroics in post game interviews.
So far in this series, the Red Sox have only had one thing to celebrate and that’s Fenway’s 100th birthday. The Yankees on the other hand, have spoiled Boston’s party and turned their field of dreams into a field of nightmares.
The Yankees are looking to sweep the series tonight at 8:00 if the weather holds up.
(Scoring plays courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)