The Yankees lost a deflating 9-4 game to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. This was the first game of their nine-game home stand. They didn’t play well overall as they made base-running mistakes, didn’t get a good start from Shane Greene and didn’t get hits with runners on base once again.
Shane Greene, who had a 3.09 ERA in nine starts coming into the game, had by far his worst start of his rookie season. He allowed six runs, which included a three-run homer to Daniel Nava and a solo homer to Xander Bogaerts, in only 2.2 innings. That was only Nava’s third homer of the season and his last one came on April 15. “I just didn’t think his location was very good today. He just had a tough start tonight,” Joe Girardi said. “Greeny has thrown the ball well for us all along and he just had a tough start tonight.”
Greene also allowed two runs in the first off of a RBI double to deep left by Yoenis Cespedes and a sacrifice fly by Mike Napoli that scored David Ortiz. Greene was flat out not able to locate his pitches like he had in his previous starts.
Esmil Rogers pitched 1.1 innings after Greene was taken out with two outs in the third, but Rogers gave up a homer to Mookie Betts for Boston’s seventh run. The Red Sox would have won the game on only the homers they hit because the three that they slugged accounted for five runs and the Yankees only scored four.
The Yankees scored four runs, which is more than they scored on Saturday and Sunday combined, but they had chances to add on many more runs. The Yankees left six runners on base, were only 2-7 with runners in scoring position with Jacoby Ellsbury going 0-3 and they grounded into two double plays.
In the fifth inning, with the Yankees losing 7-1 after Martin Prado’s homer in the third inning, Prado made a base running mistake after hitting a single to deep left since he thought Carlos Beltran would have scored on the play with Brian McCann advancing to third. He was not paying attention and was out at second, which caused there to be runners on second and third with one out instead of bases loaded with no outs. Chase Headley would walk to load the bases and Joe Kelly walked Francisco Cervelli on a 3-1 pitch to score the Yankees’ second run.
Ellsbury could have put the Yankees back in the game with a double, but he lined out to the shortstop with the bases loaded. Derek Jeter got an infield single to score the third run after the original out call was reversed. The Yankees didn’t come through with runners in scoring position once again when Brett Gardner struck out looking to end the 5th inning. The pitch was clearly about a foot outside and Gardner ended up being thrown out of the game because he spiked his helmet.
“We all know Gardy knowns the strike zone. He got frustrated with him and I think most people would have,” Girardi said. This is regarding Gardner getting kicked out of the game. Girardi thought the pitch should have been called a ball and definitely trusts Gardner’s knowledge of the strike zone. “I saw the replay of it, obviously it was outside, about where I thought it was. My emotions just got the best of me,” Gardner said. He was obviously frustrated because he struck out at a crucial point of the game and it was also the home plate umpire’s second missed call with him at the plate.
The Red Sox are currently in last by 5.5 games, and if they end up finishing the season in last place in the AL East they will only be the second team to finish in last place after winning the World Series the previous season.
In the sixth-inning, McCann hit into a double play to end the inning. This would happen again in the seventh-inning as Cervelli hit into a double play with Chase Headley on first and Prado on second. Prado advanced to third on the double play, but Ellsbury flied out to right for another unsuccessful at-bat with a runner in scoring position.
McCann hit a home run to right in the ninth off of Koji Uehara, but it was meaningless as a result of Greene having his worst start of the season at the wrong time and the offense not producing for yet another game. It also didn’t help that they combined to strikeout a combined nine times.
The Yankees are now 33-32 at Yankee Stadium this season and they only average 3.6 runs at home. “This series is extremely important and this is not how your want to start out the series,” Girardi said.
The Yankees will have to rebound from yesterday’s loss without Prado’s offense. He has a mild left hamstring strain and is hoping to return to the lineup in a day or two. The Yankees and Cleveland Indians are now both five games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second wild-card spot.
Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. game will be started by the veteran Hiroki Kuroda who will be looking to get the team back in the win column. He is coming off of a start where he only allowed two runs in seven innings.