Game 158 / 86-72 / 2nd / -6 GB : Losing their third straight in maddening fashion, it was one stumble after another tonight in this poorly played game (and series) against the Boston Red Sox. Starter Masahiro Tanaka settled down after a giving up a 3-run homer in the first, while the Yankees actually clawed back to tie then take the lead on a 6th inning solo blast by Alex Rodriguez. After that, the offense stranded as many runners on base as they possibly could until the stretched out bullpen finally gave it up in a 4-run Boston 11th.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Red Sox 9, Yankees 5
Timely Blast That Didn’t Stand
Story of the Game, Story of the Series
FOOTNOTES : CC Sabathia (5-10, 4.82) tries to stop the bleeding tomorrow, matching up with lefty Rich Hill (2-0, 1.17). It will end the Yankees final home stand of the season, and depending on the outcome put the 3 game finale in Baltimore as make or break for the postseason. Let’s go, Yankees!