Yankees 1, Red Sox 5: Sabathia and the offense both struggle in loss

Jared Wickerham

The hitting and pitching both struggled in the loss to the Red Sox.

Jon Lester was good.  CC Sabathia was not.  The Red Sox offense put runners on almost every inning and continued scoring off Sabathia.  The Yankees' offense did almost the exact opposite against Lester.  It was a team effort of suck from the Yankees as the Red Sox beat them 5-1.

Boston got on the board first with a run in the second inning.  Mike Napoli started it off by reaching second.  He hit a soft grounder to Mark Reynolds at third.  Reynolds' throw to first was off and went flying past Lyle Overbay.  It was ruled a single, with Napoli advancing to second on a throwing error.  After Jonny Gomes drew a walk off Sabathia, Daniel Nava laid down a bunt to advance the runners to second and third.  Will Middlebrooks then grounded out, but Napoli was able to score on the play, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

An inning later, the Red Sox added to their lead.  Dustin Pedroia led off with a single and was bunted to second by Shane Victorino.  Pedroia came around to score on a David Ortiz double.  Napoli then singled, followed by another single by Gomes.  That took the lead up 3-0.

The Yankees got on the board in the top of the fourth.  Curtis Granderson recorded the first Yankee hit with a lead-off triple.  Two batters later, he scored on Robinson Cano's ground out.

But the Red Sox got that run right back, in the bottom of the fourth.  David Ross led off with a single.  That was followed by a walk to Xander Bogaerts.  Pedroia then helped out Sabathia by grounding into a double play.  Ross advanced to third though, and he ended up scoring on a Victorino single.  That made it 4-1.

The Red Sox only continued to add on runs.  Napoli led off the fifth with a walk, which was followed by a Gomes double.  Nava flew out to center field, but it was deep enough to score Napoli.  That made the score 5-1.

After a scoreless inning in the sixth, Sabathia's day was over.  CC went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and four walks.  He was not good.

Speaking of not good, Joba Chamberlain relieved Sabathia when he came in to pitch the seventh inning.  Joba walked the first two batters he faced, but escaped the inning without the Red Sox adding to their lead.  Matt Daley was a bit of a bright spot, throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

The offense didn't manage to do much of anything after their run in the fourth.  Granderson had a good day, as he also doubled, in addition to his triple.  He was the only one to really do anything, though.  Lester shut them down over eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks.

Franklin Morales came in to try and finish off the game for the Red Sox.  He did.  The Red Sox won 5-1.

The Yankees will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow with Ivan Nova on the mound. First pitch is at 8:05 eastern.

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