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Apr 25 – Boston Becomes Bombers: Outslug Yanks 16-11

Yanks Pitching Totally Beaten Up, 11 Runs of Offense is Not Enough

ball-glove-png(Boston, MA) – For the 2nd straight game, the Yanks blew a lead against the Red Sox.  This time though it was still fairly early (4th inning, or technically the 5th) and from then out it just got uglier and uglier.  With a 6-run lead A.J. Burnett just seemed to make bad pitch after bad pitch mostly with 2 strikes on the hitter and no one felt confident anymore when Jason Varitek hit a grand slam to make it 6-5 inthe 4th, followed by a 3-run fifth inning to take the lead.

The Yanks would battle back to tie it at 8-8, fall behind 9-8, go up again 10-9, only to fall behind 12-10.  They got to 12-11 when they fell apart again and the final of 16-11 could not come soon enough.

The top of the lineup hit well enough, Cano had 2 dingers (and 5 RBI’s on the day, Damon had 1, and the Yanks pounded out 15 hits but left 15 men on base (vs. last nights’ 12).  For Boston Mike Lowell’s 6 RBI’s was

The first 2 games at the historic park ahve not been kind to Yankee pitchers

The first 2 games at the historic park have not been kind to Yankee pitchers

difficult to accept.

But the starting pitching (Burnett) gave up 8 runs and the relief corps gave up 8 with only Phil Coke (of the 6 of them) not touched for a run.

It was similar to last week’s national feed from Fox.  On two games for the country to see on consecutive Saturday’s we’ve given up 38 runs while scoring 15.  Let’s hope we don’t see McCarver and Buck for two months.   Back to our early trend comments, when the pen is good it is really good, but when it is bad, it is really bad.   And if the starters don’t start going deeper into the game this bullpen will be totally burned out by late July.

The Yanks turn to Andy Pettitte on another national feed game (ESPN) on Sunday night to be the stopper.

See Yanks vs. Red Sox Saturday boxcore here.
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