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Red Sox’ Offense Flounders, Falls to Yankees 2-0

 

 

Boston Red Sox merchandiseThe Boston Red Sox just could not get anything done on the offensive end against the Yankees pitching staff on Thursday night.

The Red Sox finished 0-for-6 with RISP and only managed six hits in the loss.

Phil Hughes pitched a bulk of this game and improved to 15-12 with the win. He went 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out seven and walking one.

The bullpen allowed one other baserunner the rest of the night.

Felix Doubront pitched well enough to win with a solid 6 1/3 innings on only 105 batters. He allowed two earned runs on four hits. He also walked five along with his five strikeouts. The bullpen pitched solid enough to keep the Red Sox in it, but instead Doubront fell to 10-9 on the season.

The Yankees took the 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning from Andruw Jones. Alex Rodriguez scored the run after leading off the inning with a single to right. After A-Rod stole second, Doubront walked Robinson Cano and Russell Martin back-to-back to load the bases with nobody out.

After the sacrifice fly, the 24-year-old got Curtis Granderson to line into the doubly play to first baseman James Loney.

The Yankees tacked on another run in the seventh inning on a RBI single for Derek Jeter, one day after spraining his ankle on a groundout. He finished 1-for-5 with the single and RBI. The single came off reliever Junichi Tazawa, but was charged to Doubront after leaving runners on first and second with one out in the seventh.

The Red Sox had a chance to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Pedro Ciriaco led off the inning with a double to left field. Mauro Gomez pinch hit for Ivan De Jesus and flew out to center.

Boone Logan came in to face Jacoby Ellsbury, who flew out to right, but it was deep enough that Ciriaco could tag and move to third. Ryan Lavarnway took the DH spot for Scott Podsednik and could only meekly fly out to right to end the inning against David Robertson.

Rafael Soriano came in and only needed 12 pitches to mow down the Red Sox’ heart of the order. The lone hit came off the bat of Daniel Nava in the inning to give the Red Sox hope with two outs.

The Red Sox now stand one game behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who the Red Sox face at Rogers Centre for a three-game set to see who will finish in the cellar of the AL East.

The Yankees move on to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series that will decide if the Rays are contenders or pretenders at Yankee Stadium. The first game should be a doozy with David Price (17-5) taking on C.C. Sabathia (13-5).

 

By: Brian Roach
MLBCenter.com Boston Red Sox Correspondent


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