GAME 11 : CC Sabathia had all of his pitches working, and kept the Boston Red Sox off the scoreboard for the first 5 innings, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 6. But it all blew up in the 6th, when right-fielder Jonny Gomes led off with a home run, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli followed with singles, then Grady Sizemore turned on a slider from Sabathia, planting it in the right field bleachers for a three-run homer — which stood up to be the game winning blow.
Boston starter John Lester was equally effective early on, allowing only a lead off home run to designated hitter Alfonso Soriano in the second, and another run in the 7th when Ichiro reached on a Lester fielding error and catcher Francisco Cervelli walked. First baseman Kelly Johnson followed with a clutch single to right on a 3-2 pitch, plating Ichiro and making it 4-2, Boston. That knocked Lester out of the game, but Beantown reliever Junichi Tazawa came in and got Derek Jeter on a soft fly to right, killing the rally.
4-2 remained as the final score, as the Yanks failed to rally in the 8th and 9th, with Edward Mujica closing it out for Boston.
HIGHLIGHTS AMID THE LOWLIGHTS : In the 9th, Dellin Betances flashed the promise that both the organization and Yankees fans see in this guy, striking out the side, while clocking 96mph on the gun.
MEMORY LANE : On April 11th, 1954, the Yankees acquired Enos Slaughter from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for CF Bill Virdon, P Mel Wright and OF Emil Tellinger. (Source: todayinbaseballhistory.com)
ROUND-UP : Here’s the box score, and recaps from Michael J. Fensom (The Star-Ledger) and Peter Abraham (The Boston Globe). Next up : Hiroki Kuroda (1-1. 2.92) takes the mound against John Lackey (2-0, 1.83) tomorrow afternoon in game 3 of the 4 game set, 1:00pm EST/10:00am PT.