The Red Sox swept the Yankees for the second time at Yankee Stadium last night to move 10 games over .500. The Sox have now taken eight of the nine meetings against the pinstripers. Josh Beckett emerged as the winner over CC Sabathia, who had held the Sox to two hits and no runs over six before the Sox exploded for seven runs in the seventh.
A 3:27 rain delay started the game at 10:32 p.m. It ended at 1:43 a.m, The Yankees, who got a two-run homer in the first from Curtis Granderson, didn’t score again until the 9th when Derek Jeter drove in the final Yankee run off Dan Wheeler. The ctrowd was announced as a sellout – 48,845 – but there were about 7,000 no shows for a game which lasted 3:11. :
Top 9th:: Red Sox 8, Yankees 2
Sox piled on. Gonzalez drove in Scutaro with the eighth Sox run. What a kicking.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 2
Derek Jeter singled with two outs. He’s 10 hits away from 3,000. Beckett has emerged with a nice outing. Spotting the Yankees a pair of first-inning runs, he’s shut them down since.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 2
The Red Sox, silent for six innings, emerged with the lead and a cushion.
There’s always weird stuff here. Ortiz singled and came home on Jed Lowrie’s triple. The ball was shot into the rightfield corner and it darted passed a diving Nick Swisher in the corner. Ortiz lumbered around third, stumbled once but made it to the plate in one piece.
After Carl Crawford failed to get Lowrie in with a grounder to third, Cameron doubled to left field scoring Lowrie with the tying run. Varitek singled to right, but Camewron stopped at third.
That brought up Ellsbury. He had blooped a single and walked in three plate appearances. In this at-bat Ellsbury didn’t try to do too much against Sabathia. he made contact and sent a perfectly placed single between first and second base to score the go-ahead run.
Brett Gardner had to make a nice running catch toward the wall to save another run on Marco Scutaro’s liner.
Adrian Gonzalez then singled in another run with a shot up the middle. That was the end of CC who had allowed only two hits through six innings.
Dave Robertson came on and Kevin Youkilis greeted him with an RBI single to left.
Remember back when CC hit Ortiz with a pitch? Ortiz made the Yankees pay again. He doubled in two more runs with a drive to left center, his second hit after being hit by the pitch back in the fourth inning.
Top 6th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Not exactly breaking news, but CC Sabathia is really good. He retired the Sox in order in the sixth. What a horse.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett hit Curtis Granderson with a pitch he threw toward the dirt that happened to hit Granderson’s foot. That didn’t count as intentional, per the warning both sides had received. Granderson was then caught stealing ending the inning.
Top 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Finally the Yankees showed some fortitude…or CC Sabathia did. He hit David Ortiz off the right thigh with a pitch after walking Kevin Youkilis. Both benches were warned by homeplate umpire Hunter Wedelstedt. Sabathia was able to get out of the inning with his shutout in place.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Not a very good call by first base unpire Brian Knight on Jeter’s liner to rightfield. Mike Cameron had caught the ball and dropped it on the transition from glove to hand, but Knight ruled he didn’t catch it. Didn’t cost the Sox but it sure added pitches to Beckett’s total. He walked Granderson and hit A-Rod with a pitch off the left hip to load the bases before Cano popped out weakly to end the inning.
Top 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Both pitchers have settled in. Beckett retired the side in the second inning while Sabathia continues to be tough. He allowed hits in the first two innings, but no harm done. He walked Ellsbury in the third and he was erased by Scutaro’s DP grounder.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
Rough start for Josh Beckett. He hit Derek Jeter with a pitch in the hand and then Curtis Granderson launched his 18th homer to right field. He had been hitless in his last nine at-bats and was 2-for-25 before the homer.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
After a 3:23 rain delay, the game began at 10:32 p.m. Jacoby Ellsbury popped a single to center over Derek Jeter’s head. After two outs, the Yankees pulled the old stolen-base/error catcher combo. Ellsbury stole second base and Francisco Cervelli overthrew the bag for an error advancing Ellsbury to third. No biggie. Kevin Youkilis struck out to end the threat.
We’re about to get underway here. They’re saying a 10:30 start. Late one. Thanks for hanging in.