Game over: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
The best the Sox can do now is split the series. Poor effort all around tonight against Moseley.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
Wakefield retired the side in order. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit
Middle of the 8th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
Counting down the outs at this point as the Sox go in order.
Top of the 8th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
Wakefield retired the side in order. Drew made a nice catch against the wall against Granderson. Giving up Austin Jackson for Granderson doesn’t seem like such a great move.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
Ortiz grounded out. He’s 23 of 111 against LHPs this season. That was probably their shot.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
Beltre doubled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Hall reached on an infield single with one out. That was it for Moseley. Facing Pinch hitter Mike Lowell singled to the left side, the ball deflecting off Jeter’s glove.
Ellsbury fouled out to left field, leaving him hitless in 16 at-bats since he came off the DL and 0 for 22 going back to May. Scutaro then walked, prompting Joe Girardi to call in lefty Boone Logan to face lefty-phobic David Ortiz.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 1
Rodriguez singled and stole second with one out (Truly amazing, the guy was writing around in pain in center field yesterday and now he’s stealing a base. It’s almost like he wasn’t really all that hurt. But that can’t be it.) Wakefield then got Cano and Posada.
Middle of the 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 1
Ortiz reached on a single against the shift. But Martinez fouled out and Drew (who has done zippo to help pick up the slack this season) grounded into a 3-6-1 double play.
Tim Wakefield in now. Inexplicably, the crowd is booing him. Why would you boo Tim Wakefield?
Top of the 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 1
Delcarmen strikes out Swisher to end the inning. Beckett vs. the Yankees this season: 19.1 IP, 33 H, 24 ER, 11 BB in four starts. Yikes.
Bottom of the 5th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 1
It’s getting ugly. Granderson walked to load the bases. Beckett stayed in the game and struck out Gardner. On strike 3, Cash tried to pick Cano off third and the ball hit him in the helmet, deflecting away. Cano scored on the error.
Jeter followed with a two-run double and now Delcarmen is in and the Sox are headed for a loss and at best a series split. Not what they needed.
Two days straight they fail to make up ground as Tampa Bay loses. Can’t waste those chances.
Bottom of the 5th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1
Berkman (3 for 3 and now they love him) doubled to left field this time and Rodriguez scored. Delcarmen up as Beckett unravels.
Bottom of the 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Teixeira just hit a ball deeeeeeep into the seats in right field. No. 25 on the season for him. He, Eddie Matthews, Albert Pujols and Darryl Strawberry are the only players to hit 25+ homers in each of their first eight seasons.
Beckett has responded by walking Rodriguez and hitting Cano. Still no outs and he seems to be losing his cool.
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1
Hall homered to left. He has five jacks in his last 35 at-bats and 13 for the season. But that was it as Cash struck out, Ellsbury grounded out and Scutaro grounded out.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett retired the side in order, striking out Jeter and Swisher.
Middle of the 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs as Martinez singled, Drew walked and Beltre walked. But Kalish grounded to first.
Sox getting outhit 8-2 but still in the game.
Top of the 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Rodriguez singled. With two outs, Berkman hit a slow grounded to first. Martinez went too far off the bag and his toss to Beckett was late. Beckett got Granderson to fly to left to end the inning.
Without Pedroia and Youkilis, the Red Sox have gone from having great defense on the right side of the infield to holding your breath when a ball goes that way.
Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Hall singled with one out, sneaking a ball past A-Rod. Cash grounded to first for what should have been a 3-6-3 double play but Teixeira got his circuits crossed and hesitated, allowing Cash to beat the return throw.
Ellsbury then struck out looking. He is 0 for 14 since coming off the DL and 0 for 20 going back to May.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Teixeira struck out looking at a cutter after Beckett started him with three straight curveballs. Teixeira seemed to be looking for a four-seamer and got a cutter on the outside corner.
Bottom of the 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Lance Berkman doubled down the right-field line with one out, drawing cheers from the same fans who were booing him ceaselessly yesterday. With two outs, Gardner grounded a ball up the middle. Hall did a nice job to stop it from going into center, which would have saved a run.
His mistake was throwing to first from one knee. The throw went wild and Berkman scored.
Gardner stole second with Jeter up. Jeter then drove him in with a single up the middle. Jeter now has 2,874 career hits, passing Babe Ruth for 39th place in history. Beckett flipped the ball in the dugout as Jeter doffed his helmet to the crowd.
Swisher followed with a single to right that sent Jeter to third. Now comes Teixeira with a chance to blow the game open.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Six up, six down for Moseley. Martinez grounded to second, Drew popped to left and Beltre hit a rocket to right that Swisher snared with a nice leaping catch at the wall. It would have been at least a double, maybe a homer
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Swisher and Teixeira had singles with one out. But Beckett struck out Rodriguez on four pitches, the last one a cutter, and got Cano to pop to first base.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
The Sox went in order against Moseley. Ellsbury (now 0 for his last 19) tapped a ball to Moseley’s left. The pitcher made an unbalanced throw to get him. Scutaro then struck out looking before Ortiz grounded to first with Teixeira making a nice play.
Now Beckett takes the mound.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
We’re about to get underway here in the Bronx. Dustin Moseley is about to start warming up. Hope you enjoy the game and, please, feel free to leave your comments.