Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 9, Yankees 5
July, 7, 2012
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Red Sox have gotten on the board against the Yankees, winning the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, 9-5.
After losing the first four games of the season between these two teams, and the first two this weekend, Boston finally got a victory, led by Pedro Ciriaco and Mauro Gomez. Who? Go here for more on them.
NO DEFENSE: The Yankees committed a season-high four errors in this game.
PHIL-E: In the sixth inning, Phil Hughes was chased, but it was largely not his fault. For the second consecutive inning, the Yankees' defense let him down. In the fifth, he somewhat overcame it. But Derek Jeter's error on a backhand play helped put the second of two runners on base in the sixth. Hughes eventually got beat with the bases loaded by Ciriaco's bases-clearing triple. The three runs chased Hughes with an out in the sixth. His final line was 5 1/3 innings, five runs (three earned), 10 hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Certainly not great, but he was hurt by his teammates.
THE 26th MAN: Cory Wade, added to the roster because of the new rule that allows a 26th player for doubleheaders, entered in the seventh and helped to blow the game open ... for the Red Sox. It wasn't completely Wade's fault, as Boone Logan began the inning by allowing a double to Adrian Gonzalez. However, Wade got smoked and couldn't even finish the inning. A run was charged to Logan, while Wade got two outs, allowing three runs (though just one was earned).
Why Wade was even in a one-run game at this point is a legitimate question.
OH, McDONALD: In the fifth, former Boston player Darnell McDonald distracted Curtis Granderson in right-center, causing an error. Hughes ended up giving up a run in the inning. To his credit, Hughes kept the Yankees up a run by striking out Jarrod Saltamacchia to end the inning with runners on first and third.
NOW, YOU PUT IN A-ROD: To end the eighth, Joe Girardi sent up Raul Ibanez to pinch-hit for Jayson Nix with the bases loaded. Girardi left Alex Rodriguez on the bench. But to begin the ninth, Girardi chose to have A-Rod pinch-hit. Rodriguez does profile as a sparkplug right now, but it shows that he has fallen in the manager's eyes. At least, that is my read before talking with Girardi. Ibanez popped out to end the eighth. A-Rod struck out to begin the ninth.
IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED ...: Who are we kidding? The Yankees have owned the first inning in the last three games against the Red Sox. After scoring five runs on Friday, and four on Saturday afternoon, the Yankees put up a three-spot before Boston's Felix Doubront recorded an out. The big blow was a three-run homer by Mark Teixeira. It occurred after Bobby Valentine had gone to the mound to give Doubront a little pep talk.
THE SLUMP IS OVER: Russell Martin ended his 0-for-30 slump with a double in the second inning. Martin entered the game hitting .176, which doesn't bode well for his free agency negotiating position. By the end of the night, he was still frustrated, ripping a towel in half after A-Rod pinch-hit for him. He was 1-for-2 on the night.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES ... HIMSELF: After Andruw Jones had a sensational first game, he started in left in the nightcap. In the seventh, he nailed a gigantic solo shot to cut the lead to one, while in the second inning he made a diving catch which kept Hughes out of trouble.
ON DECK: I'm writing a column looking ahead to Sunday night's series finale, and looking back at the two games today.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: What did you think of Hughes' effort?