Yankees are lifeless against Red Sox in first game back after break

Koji-UeharaThe Yankees just didn’t have any life in them on a hot night in Boston on Friday as they lost 4-2 to the Red Sox after Andy Pettitte gave up a pair of home runs in the first couple of innings to put them in a hole they wouldn’t get out of.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered in the bottom of the first off Pettitte to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. That lead was increased to 3-0 in the second as Jonny Gomez homered. Pettitte settled in after that and held the Red Sox scoreless until a RBI-single by Jose Iglesias to make it 4-2.

The Yankees bats were held to just five hits which is typical of late as they were pretty much entirely shutdown by Felix Doubront. They literally stole a run in the fourth when Brett Gardner stole third and scored on an error by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. They got another in the fifth when Chris Stewart doubled in Lyle Overbay.

Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano signed and doubled, respectively, to put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth, but Craig Breslow struck out Vernon Wells and Luis Cruz to escape further trouble. That aside from their runs in the fourth and fifth, the Yankees really didn’t even threaten other than that.

• Andy Pettitte’s final line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. He hasn’t been very bad for the Yankees lately, but he’s struggled with consistency in each start since coming off the DL nearly two months ago. Since June 3rd, he has a 5.04 ERA with a 1.410 WHIP, a 5.9 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9.

• Robinson Cano was in the lineup which is good to see after he was hit by Matt Harvey in the right leg during the All-Star game. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and extended his hitting streak to 10 games now. In that span he’s hit .406/.537/.563.

• Zoilo Almonte was pulled from the game in the fifth inning after he came up limping in the second. X-Rays were negative, but he’s being placed on the DL anyway.

• Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases. He’s hitting .270/.338/.420 in 94 games this season, but has only stole 16 bases (which isn’t a lot for him).

• Brent Lillibridge made his Yankees debut at third base (he eventually moved to right after Almonte left). He went 0-for-3 with a walk.

• You can buy Yankees tickets for games played in Boston too.

Photo credit: (July 18, 2013 – Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America).

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4 Responses to Yankees are lifeless against Red Sox in first game back after break

  1. Riccardo says:

    Home plate ump Everitt's ejection of Gardiner was uncalled for. Brett made a mistake, and flung his helmet in frustration, but unless he said something really offensive, kicking him out of the game was an over-reaction. Fine him, sure, but booting Brett really hurt the Yanks' chance of a comeback. At least Brett showed emotion and the desire to win.

  2. hotdog says:

    our lineup is weak…Lillibridge as a filler?…is his defense that good…when Arod and/or Jeter return he's gone but we have too many weak spots in our lineup to win against an offensive powerhouse like the Red Sox's…i'd be thrilled to split the last 2 games of the series…on the other hand, maybe if we're out 11 games or so by the deadline, Cashman will make some trades that bring in a couple of decent prospects…

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