Well, two out of three ain’t bad. The Yankees had a chance to bury the Red Sox over 10 games back of the division lead, but had to settle for a mere series win and an 8.5-game gap between them and their rivals. The Bombers couldn’t quite crack David Price, and a late rally wasn’t enough to erase a sloppy late-game performance in terms of run prevention, as they eventually fell by a score of 8-5.
Winner of the Game
It didn’t look as though he’d cover himself in glory during the game’s early stages, but CC Sabathia cobbled together a fairly impressive game. He did make a few mistakes, which the Red Sox unfortunately turned into a couple of homers, but Sabathia ably worked through the Boston lineup for six innings, allowing three runs and striking out eight without walking a batter.
Honorable mention: Luke Voit put a charge into one for his 15th dinger of the year:
Loser of the Game
We’ll split our honors here. First, Luis Cessa carries much of the responsibility for letting this game slip away. Cessa entered after Sabathia to start the seventh and quickly yielded three runs. He finished with five runs allowed. He wasn’t helped, however, by Clint Frazier’s defense. Frazier misplayed multiple balls in right field just in the seventh, adding fuel to the fire of Boston’s rally. He went on to make another blunder on defense in the eighth. It’s simply difficult for Frazier to make a pronounced positive impact on the team when he’s helping the opposing team score runs on what feels like a nightly basis.