Sabathia was untouchable through the fourth inning, but the Red Sox finally started to hit him in the fifth. Jed Lowrie singled to right and Carl Crawford singled up the middle with one out. Jason Varitek worked a walk to load the bases and Ellsbury doubled to left, plating Lowrie and Crawford. Sabathia intentionally walked Pedroia, loading the bases before Gonzalez grounded into a double play and the Yankees escaped the inning, trailing 2-0.
The Yankees had a chance in the bottom of the fifth. Andruw Jones, DHing for Jorge Posada, singled to left and Jeter drew a walk. Granderson worked a full count and then popped out to the catcher for the second out of the inning. Teixeira then struck out to end the Yankee threat.
While Sabathia was solid for most of the game, things unraveled in the seventh. Mike Cameron worked a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Crawford lined out and Varitek singled to right, scoring Cameron as Nick Swisher misplayed the ball. Ellsbury popped out to short, but Pedroia followed with a single on another ugly Swisher play, putting two on with two out. Gonzalez then drove a three-run shot out to right and the Red Sox had a 6-0 lead and Sabathia’s night was over. Girardi’s night ended as well, as he was ejected after arguing with the home plate umpire.
That homerun seemed to be the nail in the coffin for the Yankees. The bullpen shut the Red Sox down for the rest of the game, but the Yankees offense continued to fail to put together hits, as the Red Sox claimed the 6-0 victory. It was the fourth time the Yankees have been shut out this season and Josh Beckett is responsible for two of them.
Bronx Cheers: Nick Swisher: Swisher went 1-4 at the plate with a strike out and one stranded runner, but his ugly plays in the seventh inning earned him his spot here. They were not “errors,” but they did nothing to help the struggling Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 0-4, struck out twice and stranded five runners. Not the production you want out of your clean-up hitter.
RISP/LOB: The Yankees went 0-10 with runners in scoring position and left ten on base. That makes them 1-17 with runners in scoring position in this series. They have left 18 men on base.
Curtain Calls: Curtis Granderson: Thank goodness for Curtis Granderson. He has been fantastic and was the only Yankee to get more than one hit, going 2-4 and stealing a base.
Luis Ayala: Ayala pitched a strong 8th and 9th, giving up three hits, but keeping the Red Sox scoreless. He walked no one and struck out two.
In The On Deck Circle: The Yankees will try to salvage this series and avoid a sweep on Sunday evening. Freddy Garcia will take the ball for the Yankees, coming off a strong six-inning performance against Kansas City. Garcia gave up six hits but only one run. He made a relief appearance against Boston early in this season, giving up one run on one hit in one inning. Boston will send Jon Lester to the mound, who has had a solid start to the 2011, but is coming off one of his worst outings. He lasted just 5.1 innings against Toronto, giving up five runs on seven hits and five walks. Lester has been striking out hitters this season. After not getting any Ks in his first game, he has gotten at least five strikeouts in each game since. In four of those games he has gotten at least eight Ks. First pitch will be at 8:05pm in the Bronx.