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During the finale of a three-game series versus the New York Yankees on Thursday night, the Red Sox failed to add onto the momentum from Wednesday’s win. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 14-5, thanks to a strong six-inning start by C.C. Sabathia and a defensive meltdown for the Red Sox.
A day after being shutdown by John Lackey, the Yankees made quick work of Felix Doubront’ who lasted just two and two-thirds innings. Defensive and offensive troubles plagued the Red Sox from the very beginning, an error by Xander Bogaerts in the first inning, a bobbled ball by Dustin Pedroia in the second inning, among others, lead to a total of five errors during this game. This year the team has a total of 19 errors to its name which is third worst in the AL and the calendar page has not yet turned to May.
John Farrell and Juan Nieves pulled Doubront from the game in the 3rd inning, replacing him with Burke Badenhop, followed by Craig Breslow in the 7th and Edward Mujica in the 8th. Badenhop quieted Yankee bats, and prevented runs during his 2 2/3rd inning outing. Breslow allowed five Yankee runs to be scored.
Then the big surprise would come in the 9th inning, after all bullpen possibilities for this game were exhausted, when position player, Mike Carp, took to the mound. He technically threw a no-hitter, but walked five batters, one lead to a run scored for New York. Once Carp was on the mound it was clear to all of Red Sox nation that we had surrendered to the almighty pinstripes.
Offensively, David Ortiz, the returning Shane Victorino, Brock Holt, and Dustin Pedroia were able to contribute hits. Sox hits are no good if players are left stranded on the bases, which continued to be a problem despite a limited amount of occurrences in Wednesday night’s game.
One could say play could not get worse than it was tonight, but never say never. Tonight’s game is against the Toronto Blue Jays, a team that has consistently been a chink in the Red Sox armor. Jake Peavy (3.33 ERA), will get the ball facing off against Blue Jay’s southpaw, Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has an ERA under 1.00 and has won all three of the games he has pitched this season. Peavy has performed well, but has not earned himself a decision during his starts. Will Middlebrooks is scheduled to join the team in Toronto, while Brock Holt has been optioned back to Pawtucket.