Friday, June 10, 2011

Red Sox Finish Sweep of NYY With 7-Run 7th

Sports Illustrated

 Red Sox 8 Yankees 3
Winning Pitcher: Josh Beckett (5-2)
Losing Pitcher: CC Sabathia (7-4)

The game didn't start until about 10:30, three and a half hours after its scheduled start, due to rain, the Red Sox eventually were able to take home the victory and the series sweep. The Red Sox started the game by stranding Jacoby Ellsbury (who went 3-3 in his first at bat this series) at third base, and they struggled for most of the game against CC Sabathia. On the flip side, Josh Beckett was off to a rough start. In the bottom of the first, he started the game by hitting Derek Jeter, then served up a blast to Curtis Granderson, giving the Yankees the early 2-0 lead. Pitching ruled for the next few innings, and things got a bit testy. After Beckett hit Alex Rodriguez in the third, Sabathia came out in the fourth and plunked David Ortiz, something fans from both sides have been waiting for all series. Both benches were warned after, as the umps were hoping to stop anything that may happen as a result of this. Pitching continued to be paramount, and through six innings the Red Sox had still failed to get any production against Sabathia. That all changed in the seventh, which started with David Ortiz scoring on a Jed Lowrie triple. After Lowrie scored on a Mike Cameron double, Ellsbury knocked Cameron to give the Red Sox their first lead of the game, and one that wouldn't be relinquished. The Sox ended up scoring seven in the inning, capped by Ortiz's 2-RBI double. Beckett came back for the seventh, and would finish his outing after 7 innings, allowing just the two early runs on four hits, two walks and six strike outs. Each team would add on one more run in the ninth, but it was the Red Sox who completed their sweep, and won their sixth straight. 

Home Runs
Boston: None
New York: Curtis Granderson (18)

The Red Sox start a three game series in Toronto at 7:07 PM ET tonight. Boston will send Clay Buchholz (4-3 3.82) to the mound against the Blue Jays' Jo-Jo Reyes (2-4 4.16).    

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