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Final: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 24, 2011 03:49 PM

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Game over: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

Not a good start in this series for the Red Sox and they have Tim Wakefield and John Lackey pitching tomorrow's doubleheader.

The Red Sox have been fortunate that their wild card competitors Tampa Bay and LA haven't been able to capitalize on Boston's horrible month in which they are now 5-17.

Jon Lester really let this team down today lasting only 2.2 innings and allowing eight hits and eight runs.

The new lineup Terry Francona tried didn't work a lick as the Sox were confused by Freddy Garcia (12-8).

The time of game was 2:59.

Bottom 8th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

It took Michael Bowden to conquer Jesus Montero. He froze him on a called third strike.

Top 8th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

No further damage by the Yanks.

Bottom 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

Yanks go down in order.Tazawa gets the first two outs and Trever Miller struck out Cano.

Top 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1

Well, at least Freddy Garcia is out of the game. He may have sewn up that No. 3 starter spot for the Yankees. Excellent performance even though it was against a team in free-fall.

Conor Jackson, pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick against lefty Raul Valdes, singled to left and he scored....drum roll please...on Carl Crawford's double to left.

Dustin Pedroia prolonged the inning with an infield single to third base. With runners at first and third, Joe Girardi, who has 39 players available to him, brought in lefty Boone Logan to pitch to David Ortiz. Good move. Ortiz grounded out to first baseman Mark Teixeira with Logan covering.

This new lineup worked well, huh?

Bottom 6th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 0

The Yankees have managed to introduce two very exciting young players this season - 16-game winner Ivan Nova and catcher/DH Jesus Montero, who is 3-for-3 with 4 RBI in this game after a solo homer vs. Junichi Tazawa. The big righthanded power hitter hit a shot to the opposite field into the rightfield stands. This kid is really impressive and only 21 years old. Tazawa settled down after that and showed some good velocity and stuff.

Top 6th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

Can we call this game now? The trend continues. Dustin Pedroia reached on an error and with two outs, Mike Aviles beat out an infield hit. Marco Scutaro tapped back to Garcia for the final out.

Bottom 5th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

Just had a highly regarded National League scout come up to me and declare, "They're (Red Sox) done. Completely flat."

Could the Red Sox still make the playoffs and not win a game the rest of the way?

Anyway, Atchison is a bright spot as he gets through another inning in relief of Jon Lester. If you missed it, Lester's line - 2.2 innings, 8 hits, 8 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Top 5th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

A pair of hits by Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury, but the Sox still can't get on the board against the crafy Freddy Garcia.

Bottom 4th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

Atchison allows a single but no damage done. Michael Jordan is here. He played for Terry Francona in the minors in Birmingham. Covered he and Francona and in the Arizona Fall League that year.

Top 4th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

A pair of hits go to waste. Pedroia's single was wiped out by David Ortiz' double play grounder. Adrian Gonzalez singled with two outs but Mike Aviles struck out.

Bottom 3rd: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0

A dreadful day for Jon Lester ended after a two-out meltdown in which the Yankees scored two more runs. Nick Swisher And Andruw Jones singled and Jesus Montero knocked in a pair with a long drive to deep center over Ellsbury's head.

Scott Atchison came on to record the final out.

Top 3rd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 0

The Sox mustered a two-out walk by Jacoby Ellsbury, but Carl Crawford tapped out to first for the third out against Freddy Garcia who is fooling them.

Bottom 2nd: Yankees 6, Red Sox 0

What an absolute disaster for Jon Lester.

Robinson Cano, a terrific hitter and MVP candidate, inside-outs a swing and sent a ground ball through the shortstop hole for a single with one out. Nick Swisher walked and Andruw Jones reached on an infield single to shortstop where Marco Scutaro's toss to second base was too late to force Swisher.

With the bases loaded and one out, rookie catcher/DH Jesus Montero, hitting .313 with three homers and eight RBI since his Sept. 1 recall, ran the count to 3-0 on Jon Lester before taking a called third strike. He then singled sharply to left field to knock in the first Yankees' run.

With the bases still occupied and one out, catcher Russell 'I Hate the Red Sox" Martin put his mouth where his bat is and singled in two runs.

Carl Crawford came in on the ball in short left and had the ball hit off his glove. We still haven't seen much of the Gold Glove outfielder.

With two on Derek Jeter drove Lester high, outside first-pitch fastball into the right
field bleachers.

Yikes.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

Derek Jeter made a nice play up the middle on Marco Scutaro's ground ball to end the second inning for Boston.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

Jon Lester took the mound trying to break a two-game skid. Derek Jeter lined out to second base. MVP candidate Curtis Granderson struck out. Mark Teixeira then flied out to deep center to complete the effective start of the game for Lester, who is seeking his
16th win.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

Freddy "How Does He Do It?" Garcia, who has allowed four or fewer runs in 21 of his 24 starts, allowed a lead off bloop single to right to Jacoby Ellsbury, who stole second base on a 3-1 pitch. Carl Crawford, batting second (he was 5-for-23, 217 in that spot), popped out to second base on a 3-2 pitch after coming inches from a double down the left field line which went foul. Dustin Pedroia grounded out to third, failing to advance the runner, and David Ortiz lined out to left field on a 3-1 pitch to end the threat.

Pre-game:

Nice tribute to Roger Maris prior to the game. Some of the old '61 teammates like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Moose Skowron, Bobby Richardson were out on the field as well as the families of Mickey Mantle and Maris. Nice video tribute.

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