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The Red Sox needed a win to keep up with the Yankees in the AL East. However, what they got what a whoopin’ instead.
The Yankees, vowed to avenge their 0-8 record against the Sox on the year, unleashed their bats to get their first win against Boston this year. New York bashed their way to 18 hits, en route to a 13-6 win versus their long time rivals.
The game got started in a pitching duel between Joba Chamberlain and his childhood idol John Smoltz. The Yankees looked poised to score in the second with Jorge Posada running home, but a Dustin Pedroia cutoff was in time to get the New York catcher at home. Pedroia followed his throw to home with a solo home run to put the Sox on the board. Then, in the bottom of the third, New York’s Johnny Damon hit a solo home run of his own to tie the game.
The fourth saw the Red Sox take a 3-1 lead after Casey Kotchman hit a two-run home run, his first as a member of the Sox. However, the celebration would be short lived for Boston.
A couple batters after a Robinson Cano single score Posada, Milky Cabrera hit a three-run shot to give the Yankees the lead. Billy Traber came in to try and save the inning for John Smoltz, but a single to Hideki Matsui and a home run to Posada capped off an eight-run inning and put the Yanks up 9-3.
Joba Chamberlain had a 39-minute wait and seemed off his game, walking the first two batters in the fifth. After Chamberlain got David Ortiz to pop out and walked J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell singled to score Victor Martinez. Still, with the bases loaded, Chamberlain was able to strike out Kotchman and Nick Green, replacing Jed Lowrie, to end the Sox threat. In the bottom of the fifth, Matsui doubled, scoring two and putting the Yanks up 11-4.
Derek Jeter was able to score Jerry Hairston, Jr. in the sixth, but got greedy aiming for second and was thrown out in the process. In the seventh, Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run to put the Yankees up 13-4.
Jacoby Ellsbury was able to single in the ninth to score Drew. Pedroia was able to follow with a single scoring Kotchman. However, it was unable to best the inevitable result.
Boston will look to rebound against the Yankees tomorrow in a matchup of Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett. Boston is now 3 ½ games behind New York, and only 1 ½ games up on the Rangers for the Wild Card.
Johnny Damon was focused today, going 3-5 from the plate including a solo homerun. He has over 20 home runs this season, the third time he has accomplished that in his career
Red Sox shortstops Jed Lowrie and Nick Green went 0-4 with four strikeouts including a bases loaded K by Green in the fifth. Green also had an error in the fifth.
“Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of good things on the rivalry,” said Victor Martinez. “You know what, it’s baseball. That’s one of the great things about this game, when you have a lot of intensity and a lot of good baseball all-around.”
WP: Chamberlain (8-2)
LP: Smoltz (2-5)
I’m sorry to say it, but it appears that John Smoltz might be done. He was giving away home runs and many fly balls were hit too deep. With Tim Wakefield, and hopefully Daisuke Matsuzaka, returning this year, Smoltz might need to be the guy riding the bench, or in the minors. He has been unproductive since coming to the Sox and his lone win came on the end of Red Sox bats. This last outing was not a sign of things to come, but a sign of things that have been. Personally, I wish the Sox did not trade Justin Masterson, as I feel he could have been a more productive starter down the line for Boston, and that includes this season. For Smoltz, his time may have passed and Boston needs to realize that before more potential wins are jeopardized.