Monday, July 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 8, Yankees 7 (11)
By Andrew Marchand
BOSTON -- The New York Yankees were hurt by another poor start by CC Sabathia. They fought back in this extremely long game, but finally lost when Mike Napoli hit a mammoth game-winning home run off Adam Warren in the 11th inning. It was Napoli's second homer of the game.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees lose two of three in Boston. They are seven games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. It was a disappointing end to a four-hour, 46-minute marathon.
ACE-LESS: Looking to reboot his season after what he called a "terrible" first half, Sabathia had more of the same on Sunday night. Given a three-run lead after two innings, Sabathia gave it right back and then some.
In the third, Sabathia allowed four runs, three of which came on a Napoli homer that traveled over the Green Monster and out of the stadium. In the fourth, Sabathia gave up another two runs. In the fifth, Jonny Gomes took him deep. By the sixth, Sabathia was gone.
Sabathia's line was U-G-L-Y. He went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked two. He also hit a couple of batters. He has now allowed a career-high 23 homers in a season. We are not even into August.
TYING IT UP: After falling behind 7-3, the Yankees came back, putting up two spots in the sixth and the seventh. In the sixth, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano nailed RBI singles. The Yankees could have had more, but Lyle Overbay hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the inning.
In the seventh, Chris Stewart took advantage of inexperienced Red Sox third baseman Jose Iglesias, bunting for a hit. Iglesias ended up throwing the ball away, allowing a run to score. Luis Cruz's RBI groundout tied the game.
Again, the Yankees could have had more. After Gardner's incredible 15-pitch walk, Ichiro Suzuki grounded out with runners on the corners to end the inning.
A LITTLE HELP: The Yankees scored two in the first inning thanks in large part to the Red Sox defense. After Gardner singled to lead off, Ichiro hit into what could have been a possible double play. Instead Ryan Dempster threw the ball into center field. The Yankees had first and third and no outs.
Next, Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw a ball into center field as Ichiro stole second. Gardner came home. After a Cano walk and an out, Vernon Wells singled home another run.