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Monday, May 16, 2011

The Red Sox sweep the Yankees; Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

After a 2-10 start (which those 2 wins came from victories over the Yankees) for the Red Sox, they are now at .500 for the first time this season at 20-20. This is the second sweep of the season for the Red Sox and both were in enemy territory. The first sweep was in Los Angeles versus the Angels April 21-24 during a 4 game series. The Red Sox go into the Bronx with a 2-1 record versus the Yankees and leave with a 5-1 record versus them.


Game 1:

Clay Buchholz was on the mound for the Red Sox and Bartolo Colon for the Yankees. Adrian Gonzalez with a solo home run in this game, which gave him 3 consecutive home runs in 3 consecutive games. Russell Martin also with a 2 run home run for the Yankees in the game.  Those home runs were off the starters. Joba Chamberlain came into relief for Colon and gave up 3 runs to the Red Sox off  a 1 RBI sac bunt by Adrian Gonzalez and a 2 run homer by Kevin Youkilis. Daniel Bard replaced Buchholz and we gave up a lead off triple to Curtis Ganderson in the bottom of the 8th and 2 batters later he threw a wild pitch which brought Ganderson in.

The Red Sox win 5-4. Clay Buchholz received the win allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 home run, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 7 innings of work. Bartolo Colon with the losing decision after pitching 6 innings allowing 5 hits, 3 runs 2 of which earned, 1 home run walked 3, and struck out 4. Jonathon Papelbon with the save even though he allowed a run on 2 hits.


Game 2:

Josh Beckett with the start for the Red Sox and CC Sabathia for the Yankees. Beckett pitched 6 innings allowing 4 hits, walked 2, struck out 9, and 0 runs. Beckett pitched a 6 inning shut out, Matt Albers and Rich Hill in their combined 3 innings of relief work kept the shut out and win for Beckett. CC Sabathia pitched 2 outs longer than Beckett allowing 7 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 home run, walked 3, and struck out 6.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2 RBI double in the top of the 4th to put the first runs on the board for either team. Jason Varitek hit an RBI single in the top of the 7th for a 3 run lead over the Yankees and Adrian Gonzalez continued his home run streak, with his 4th consecutive home run in his 4th consecutive game, with a 3 run home run in the 7th.

The Red Sox win 6-0 and shut out the Yankees.


Game 3:

The Yankees start the scoring with an RBI single from Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the 1st to give the Yankees a 1 run lead. In the top of the 2nd the Red Sox tie it back up with a sac fly off the bat of Jed Lowrie. To lead off the bottom of the 2nd Yankees DH Andruw Jones homered to break the tie and Curtis Ganderson homered to give the Yankees a 2 run lead. Red Sox again come back to tie the game in the next half inning this time off the bat of Kevin Youkilis and it was a 3 run home run. Game tied at 4. In the top of 5th David Ortiz hit himself in for an RBI and to give the Red Sox the lead for the first time in the game, 5-4. Dustin Pedrioa scored in the top of the 7th off an error by Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez then makes it up in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double. Top of the 8th Jarrod Saltalamacchia wanted that 2 run lead back as he homered into right field, his first of the season and first for Red Sox catchers. The Red Sox won 7-5.

Jon Lester started the game for the Red Sox and received the win even though his line reads as; 6 innings pitched allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 4 walks, 7 strike outs, and 2 home runs given up. Freddy Garcia the Yankees starter for the game received the loss pitching 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 home runs, 2 walks, and 4 strike outs. Jonathon Papelbon with another save in a perfect 9th.


Notes:

All 3 of the Red Sox starting pitchers received the win while all of the Yankees starting pitchers received the loss.

All 3 games there was a home run, both teams hit a home run each game besides game 2 where the Yankees hit none.

Jonathon Papelbon with 2 saves in games 1 and 3.

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