YANKS WIN 5-0
The Sox put two men on before David Ortiz struck out to end the game and conclude a 5-0 Sox loss. The Red Sox are now 8 for 76 in the last two games, covering 24 innings. They have not advanced a runner to third base in the last 23 innings.
JETER GOES DEEP (7:26 p.m., END 8, YANKS LEAD 5-0)
Derek Jeter just hit a new-Stadium cheapie into the right field seats for a two-run homer, extending the New York lead to 5-0 and all but ensuring the victory. The Red Sox now have been outscored 31-12 since taking a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning at Tampa on Tuesday night, the large majority of their offense coming in Thursday’s 13-6 loss to the Yankees.
The good news? This is now a non-save situation for the Yankees, meaning the Sox effectively have side-stepped Mariano Rivera.
Unless the Sox somehow rally, of course.
SOX GO DOWN 1-2-3 (7:14 p.m., MID 8, YANKS LEAD 3-0)
C.C. Sabathia retired the first two batters – both left-handed – before Phil Hughes came on and got the final out. The Sox have the top of the order due up in the ninth, presumably against Mariano Rivera.
YANKS ADD ANOTHER (7:02 p.m., END 7, YANKS LEAD 3-0)
Enrique Gonzalez just walked Nick Swisher with the bases loaded to give the Yankees another run, but the Red Sox are lucky they’re still within three runs. The inning ended with Casey Kotchman making a diving snag of a Melky Cabrera grounder, then feeding Gonzalez for the third out. Had the ball made it past Kotchman, two or three runs would have scored.
C.C. Sabathia is still on the mound. His pitch count sits at 112.
RAMIREZ EJECTED (6:45 p.m., BOTTOM 7)
The Yankees still lead 2-0 and Ramon Ramirez was just ejected for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. One batter earlier, Ramirez also buzzed the tower of Mark Teixeira. On Thursday night, remember, Mark Melancon threw two pitches that sailed over the head of Dustin Pedroia.
Enrique Gonzalez is on to pitch for the Red Sox.
SOX SQUANDER CHANCE (6:33 p.m., MID 7, YANKS LEAD 2-0)
The Red Sox put the first two men on with a walk by Victor Martinez and single by Kevin Youkilis, but Sabathia struck out David Ortiz and got Mike Lowell to hit into a double play to end the inning. On the double play, Derek Jeter was able to take the feed from Robinson Cano, avoid a barreling Kevin Youkilis, and set himself before throwing out a lumbering Mike Lowell (hip).
The Red Sox haven’t advanced a runner to third base since the first inning last night, a span covering 21 innings.
YANKS DOUBLE LEAD (6:21 p.m., END 6, YANKS LEAD 2-0)
Clay Buchholz is doing his job – and more – though the Yankees still doubled their lead on a sacrifice fly by Jose Molina in the sixth. Robinson Cano began the inning with a double and moved to third on sacrifice bunt by Nick Swisher before the Sox intentionally walked Melky Cabrera, bringing Molina to the plate with one out.
IT’S A HIT! (6:08 p.m., MID 6, YANKS LEAD 1-0)
The Red Sox still haven’t scored since Friday night, but at least they won’t be no-hit. Jacoby Ellsbury just singled against Sabathia before Dustin Pedroia struck out to end the inning. The Sox are now 5 for 65 in the last two games.
BUCHHOLZ HANGS TOUGH (6:01 P.M., END 5, YANKS LEAD 1-0)
Clay Buchholz just retired Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui with two men, keeping the Sox within a run and once again overcoming the left field adventures of Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis failed to catch a slicing fly by Johnny Damon – this was scored a double – but the Yanks again failed to capitalize. New York has stranded seven.
NOBODY’S PERFECT (5:46 p.m., MID 5, YANKS LEAD 1-0)
Well, C.C. Sabathia still has a no-hitter, but the Red Sox finally put a man on base when David Ortiz drew a one-out walk. The Sox are not 4 for 61 with 19 strikeouts in the last 20 innings of this series, beginning with the first inning last night. J.D. Drew became Sabathia’s fifth strikeout victim of the game by whiffing to end the fifth.
CLAY HOLDS SERVE (5:33 p.m., END 4, YANKS LEAD 1-0)
The Yankees threatened again in the fourth, but Clay Buchholz struck out No. 9 hitter Jose Molina this time to end the threat. At the very least, Buchholz is doing a nice job of getting into the middle innings on a day when the Red Sox bullpen is thin.
C.C. EATS A DOZEN (5:17 p.m., MID 4, YANKS LEAD 1-0)
Twelve up, 12 down for the So0x, who aren’t exactly hitting the ball hard, either. Sabathia now has four strikeouts, one in each inning.
Have there ever been two perfect games in one season?
YANKS STRIKE (5:07 p.m., END 3, YANKS LEAD 1-0)
The Yankees just drew first blood, Melbky Cabrera scoring on a two-out single by Mark Teixeira to give the Yankees a 1-0 advantage. Buchholz avoided further damage by getting Alex Rodriguez on a groundout to end the inning, but he also facilitated the New York run by walking No. 9 hitter Jose Molina.
SABATHIA STILL PERFECT (4:52 p.m., MID 3, NO SCORE)
C.C. Sabathia had another 1-2-3 inning in the third and shows no signs of letting up, having thrown (unofficially) just 36 pitches. The Red Sox didn’t ball out of the infield, managing just two weak groundouts and a strikeout.
BUCHHOLZ KEEPING PACE (4:45 p.m., END 2, NO SCORE)
Clay Buchholz allowed the first hit of the game – a one-out single to Robinson Cano – but he enticed a double-play grounder from Nick Swisher to keep the game scoreless. The Yankees also had a baserunner in the first when Johnny Damon reached on a two-base error by left fielder Kevin Youkilis, but Buchholz struck out Mark Teixeira and retired Alex Rodriguez on a groundout to end the threat.
SIX UP, SIX DOWN (4:38 p.m., MID 2, NO SCORE)
Well, today has started the way last night began for the Red Sox. C.C. Sabathia has retired the first six batters of the game, making the Red Sox 4 for 52 since the start of play last night. That’s a span covering 17 innings, the equivalent of almost two regulation games.
By the way, apologies for the late start to today’s updates. Obviously, there has been a lot going on with the Sox lately.