The New York Yankees strongest weapon coming into the 2013 season was the bullpen, known for their shutdown work. But in September, the bullpen seems to be the reason that the Yankees can’t find a way to keep leads or ties. The bullpen once again failed the Yankees as they dropped the first game of the three game set 8-4 to the Boston Red Sox.
Yankees were able to scratch and claw their way to tie the game at four after Hiroki Kuroda put the team in an early hole, giving up four runs in the first inning. However, the Yankees gave the lead back to the Red Sox after Kuroda gave up a lead-off single to Shane Victorino, Cesar Cabral hit David Ortiz with a pitch, Preston Claiborne walked Jhonny Gomes and then as the final blow, gave up a grand slam to Jarrod Salatlamacchia.
— The last time the Yankees and Red Sox met, the bullpen gave up 20 runs in the four game series. In the last five games against the Red Sox, the bullpen has given up 23 runs. You’re not going to win a lot of games that way.
— Robinson Cano had a great day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI’s. The first double was the most interesting as Cano bunted down the third baseline, and after the ball skipped past the bag, Cano hustled and made it to second base. I think it’s safe to say we’d like to see Cano bunt again, but we probably never will since it’s not his game.
— Brendan Ryan had a good day at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with a HR. I know it’s only been one game, but he might have something to offer aside from his defense.
— Joe Girardi said that he didn’t like the way Alex Rodriguez was running today and isn’t sure if he’ll play him in the field tomorrow. Playing Rodriguez in the field was the initial plan, but Rodriguez could DH.
— David Phelps was in the Yankees clubhouse after the loss. Perhaps he’s there to provide bullpen help tomorrow?
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