Game over: Red Sox 12, Yankees 8: Koji Uehara finished the game off with a four-run lead, so no save. The Red Sox scored nine unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings, the big blows a game-tying grand slam by Mike Napoli and the go-ahead two-run homer by Shane Victorino, who keeps coming up big. The Yankees had an 8-3 lead entering the seventh after Andy Pettitte gave them six strong innings. The Yankees had a hold on both games and squandered both. Felix Doubront pitched horribly and lasted only 3-2/3 innings but it didn’t matter. There were 44,117 at Yankee Stadium in a game played in 4 hours.
Top 9: Red Sox 12, Yankees 8 – Matt Daly, just acquired by the Yankees, was the most effective Yankee reliever of the night. He did put runners on at second and third, but got David Ortiz to line out to first.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 12, Yankees 8 – Yanks had runners in scoring position with two outs after a wild pitch by Franklin Morales who relieved Brandon Workman, but Morales struck out Brett Gardner to preserve the status quo.
Top 8th: Red Sox 12, Yankees 8 – Shane Victorino belted a two-run homer on a hanging slider from Claiborne with Will Middlebrooks aboard to give the Red Sox the lead. The Red Sox have scored nine unanswered runs. Amazing team. The Red Sox loaded the bases after the homer. Carp singled and after Joba Chamberlain came on David Ortiz was walked intentionally and Napoli walked. With the bases full Daniel Nava waited out Chamberlain who kept throwing his slider in the dirt before going 3-2 and missing with a fastball for Ball Four. Stephen Drew singled to left to score the 12th run. The Yankee bullpen is pathetic.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 8 – Perfect inning for Workman who showed a fabulous knuckle-curve. He struck out Soriano and A-Rod and got Robinson Cano to ground out.
Top 7th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 8 – Holy Napoli! The Red Sox first baseman hit a grand slam on an outside fastball that Napoli sent to the top of the wall out of the leaping Ichiro’s reach. The ball hit the top of the ball and bounded into the stands to tie the game. The Red Sox were behind 8-3 entering the inning. It was a complete disaster for Phil Hughes, who was demoted to the bullpen. This was his first relief appearance since the demotion. He allowed a hit by David Ross which nearly beheaded Eduardo Nunez at shortstop. After one out, Victorino singled up the middle, pinch-hitter Mike Carp had a great at-bat and went from an 0-2 count to a walk, to load the bases. Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield hit to third to score the first run. Hughes exited for Logan. David Ortiz struck out on a 3-2 slider, setting it up for Napoli, who ran the count to 3-2. Logan left the game with an injury to his arm after Daniel Nava singled to center. That brought in Preston Claiborne who retired Drew with a fly ball to left field. Napoli, by the way is now hitting .356 with four homers and 15 RBI against the Yankees this season.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 3 – The Yankees go down in order against De La Rosa, who was throwing his fastball around 95 and showed more command as a result.
Top 6th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 3 – You can see Andy Pettitte really struggle to get through the inning as he approached 100 pitches. Joe Girardi came out to the mound to ask him something and got the answer he wanted. Pettitte allowed a one out walk to Mike Napoli and seemed to be losing gas, but he got through it, striking out Daniel Nava and getting Stephen Drew to foul out to first base for the final out.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 3 – Cano doubled to leftcenter and advanced to third on Alex Rordiguez’ long fly ball to center. Vernon Wells knocked him in with a single to right. Eduardo Nunez singled to right and Mark Reynolds singled to right to score the second run of the inning.
Top 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3 – Will Middlebrooks is starting to get on fire. He homered, his 14th, a shot to left field.That’s 8 RBI in the last four games.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2 – Felix Doubront walked six, four of them scored. After securing the first two outs of the inning, he walkedMark Reynolds and Chris Stewart and then Brett Gardner hit a sinking liner to leftcenter that Shane Victorino, in for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) attempted a diving catch and came up short. The ball rolled to the wall where Gomes retrieved it, but not before two runs had scored and Gardner was on third with a triple. Rubby De La Rosa came on to strike out Jeter.
Top 4th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2 – Napoli doubled to left, advanced to third on on Daniel Nava’s fly to center and scored on Stephen Drew’s grounder to first.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1 – Doubront has his best inning so far, retiring Soriano, Cano (K) and A-Rod (fly out to center).
Top 3rd: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1 – Pettitte struck out Victorino and Gomes, but walked Pedroia. He advanced on a wild pitch before Ortiz hit a sinking liner to right on which Vernon wells made a nice sliding catch.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1 – Eduardo Nunez tripled to leftcenter scoring Vernon Wells (walk). Nunez scored on Chris Stewart on a sac fly.Doubront all over the place tonight. He walked Brett Gardner with two outs, but got Derek Jeter to line out to center. Doubront has thrown 49 pitches.
Top 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1 – The Red Sox get on the board. Pettitte allowed a leadoff single to Mike Napoli and walked Daniel Nava. After Stephen Drew struck out, Dabid Ross singled up the middle scoring Napoli. Will Middlebrooks ended the threat by knocking into a 6-4-3 double play.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – Alfonso Soriano hit his 30th homer with Derek Jeter (walk) aboard on a 2-1 pitch. Yankee baserunning absolutely attrocious. A-Rod picked off first by Doubront.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Andy Pettitte has his cutter back and it’s nasty. He struck out the side but allowed a single to Dustin Pedroia. Victorino, Gomes and Ortiz all went down.