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Yankees 2, Red Sox 4: You guessed it! The offense stunk!

It's to the point where I could have told you what was going to happen before the game even started.

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Fenway Park, David Ortiz, and impending doom go together well. I had a sense this game wasn't going to go well well before the David Ortiz two-run home run off of Dellin Betances that would give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the Yankees for the first game between these two clubs.

That feeling started from pitch number one, essentially. Red Sox starter Henry Owens nearly hit Jacoby Ellsbury on the shoulder, and his command was completely out of whack all game, yet the Yankees could never truly cash in. Owens threw 92 pitches, yet he only threw 49 strikes.

Alex Rodriguez, who was the one bright spot of this game in the second, hit a booming home run off of the light tower over the Green Monster:

(h/t Andrew)

Other than that there were a lot of double plays and failed opportunities. Chase Headley hit into a double play to end the second as Starlin Castro was gunned down from third, a terrible send that ended a possible scoring opportunity that started when Castro got a triple because of a Jackie Bradley Jr. defensive miscue.

The Yankees ended the third on a double play as Brett Gardner struck out and Ellsbury got thrown out at second, because Ellsbury for some reason was running to avoid a ground ball double play. Headley grounded into another double play in the fifth, but luckily Gardner was able to squeak through an RBI single in that inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Carlos Beltran then popped out with runners on second and third to end the inning.

Masahiro Tanaka was cruising as he headed into the bottom of the seventh, but we knew what was going to happen next. It's the story we've seen all year: Tanaka's margin for error is basically zilch, he makes one mistake, and the whole game goes up in smokes. Well, voila. He allowed three straight singles to Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw, and Brock Holt, struck out Ryan Hanigan, and then allowed a game-tying double to Jackie Bradley Jr., of all players. Baseball is strange, man.

Tanaka was pulled and would end the game having allowed just two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings. He has allowed exactly two runs in all five of his starts this year and has just one victory. We don't deserve you.

Then the Yankees put the the cherry on top of their garbage sundae as Betances allowed that two-run home run to Ortiz in the bottom of the eighth. Craig KImbrel retired the Yankees in order in the top of the ninth, and the game was over.

This game was ugly. Henry Owens was all over the place and the team looked on the verge of teeing off on him five different times but just couldn't. They're putting the runners on and they're taking long at bats as they should, but they just aren't cashing in. It's pretty impossible for this dry spell to continue and any rational fan knows the levee is going to break eventually, but it sure does sting when you're in the middle of it. I guess you have to experience some rain to appreciate sunshine.

The Yankees will be back at it tomorrow evening--same time, same place. Michael Pineda will take on Rick Porcello. Pray to every deity out there for some runs.

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