Masahiro Tanaka made his second start since returning from the DL. His first went about as well as it could have, but this one was very much the opposite. Tanaka got bombed and had to be taken out in the second inning. Although he didn't appear to be hurt, which was all I was really worried about. Derek Jeter played and picked up a single, but other than that, it was fairly uneventful from the Yankees side of things. The Red Sox got the lead early and never gave it up as the Yankees lost 10-4.
The Red Sox struck early with a run against Tanaka in the first inning. Mookie Betts led off the game for Boston with a double. After Tanaka struck out Xander Bogaerts, Daniel Nava picked up an infield single, moving Betts to third. Yoenis Cespedes then dropped a single into left field. That scored a run. Tanaka then got Allen Craig to line into a inning-ending double play. But after one inning, it was 1-0 Red Sox.
An inning later, the Red Sox got another run. With one out in the inning, Rusney Castillo drew a walk. He would steal second and then score when Christian Vazquez singled two batters later. That was followed by a Betts walk and a Bogaerts single to load the bases with two outs. Nava then singled after Chase Headley, who was playing first, deflected a ball into foul territory. That scored another two runs. Cespedes would follow that up with a single to make it 5-0. That would be it for Tanaka. He went 1.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. There were some bloops, and the defense behind him was pretty bad. That wasn't the outing we were all hoping for, but it's whatever.
Preston Claiborne came in and got Craig to pop one up to center field. Unfortunately, Eury Perez forgot to catch the ball. Another two runs scored on the play. And at this point, every Red Sox player then proceeded to come up and get a hit. Someone named Garin Cecchini got one. The Fenway Headphones guy got one. I think Ted Williams got one. Anyway, by the time the inning was over it was 9-0 Red Sox.
As he said he would, Jeter didn't play shortstop, but he did do some DHing. In his second at bat, he reached on an infield single. But that wouldn't amount to anything run wise.
Bryan Mitchell would come in to start the bottom of the third for the Yankees. Mitchell hit a dude, but didn't allow a hit, which was a 1000% improvement on the last inning. In Mitchell's second inning of work, the Red Sox brought some derp of their own to the table. With one out and Cecchini on second, Castillo poked through a single. Jose Pirela threw it to third where Cecchini had rounded the bag and was headed home. They got him out in a rundown before throwing over to first where Castillo was too late in getting back to the bag. That was a weird, inning-ending double play.
Jeter was due up for his third at bat in the top of the fifth, but Francisco Cervelli was sent up as a pinch-hitter instead, ending Jeter's day.
Mitchell looked pretty good in his relief outing, but the Red Sox picked up another run on two hits in the sixth. That inning would be Mitchell's last. He allowed one run on four hits in his four innings, while striking out three. It was a pretty good effort considering the mess that happened prior to his appearance.
The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. With one out in the inning, Pirela hit a triple. Brendan Ryan then grounded out, but it was good enough for Pirela to score to make it 10-1.
The next inning, the Yankees added to their score. After Ichiro Suzuki lined out, there were four straight singles from Cervelli, Austin Romine, Headley and Chris Young. The fourth scored a run and made it 10-2. Stephen Drew then added a ground-rule double to make it 10-4. The comeback was on! Haha, no it wasn't. Rubby de la Rosa retired the next two hitters to get out of the inning.
Chase Whitley had a decent two innings out of the bullpen, allowing two hits and striking out four.
In the ninth, the Yankees picked up two hits but no more runs as the game finished 10-4. Oh well.
The Yankees will finish up their season tomorrow at 1:35 eastern. The starting pitchers will be Michael Pineda and Clay Buchholz, but I think the main story line tomorrow will be Derek Jeter. We'll see tomorrow if Jeter will get any more at bats in what will be the last game of the season and his career.