The Red Sox prolonged the Yankees’ misery with a 7-5 victory Sunday night, marking the first three-game sweep by an opponent in New Yankee Stadium history, and sending the reeling Yanks to their fifth straight loss.
This one actually started out in rather shocking fashion, with the Yankees getting to Jon Lester immediately for a run in the first, and then three(!) more in the second on an Andruw Jones bomb and Curtis Granderson two-run jack. Without looking it up, I have a feeling that that was probably the first time the Yankees have ever hit two home runs in one inning off Lester.
Of course, Freddy Garcia immediately gave both leads back immediately the following inning, and the teams played to a 4-4 tie until David Ortiz hit his 31st career home run against the Yankees as a Red Sock to make it 5-4. After the 2nd inning the Yankees remembered they were facing Jon Lester and literally didn’t do anything against him through his departure after the 6th inning.
The rest of this game isn’t really worth recapping. Alex Rodriguez pulled a Bill Buckner, allowing the Sox to pick up a huge insurance run, and the Sox bullpen shutdown a Yankee offensive attack that has been on life support over the last seven days.
At this point I’m running out of things to try to be positive about. The only other data point that I think is worth noting is that the nature of losing streaks compounds our emotional reactions pretty severely, but at the end of the day it’s no different than losing five separate games at varying points throughout the season. Not to say that things don’t flat-out suck in Yankeeland right now, and the team has looked brutal in just about every facet of the game during this recent stretch if futility, but it’s important to remember that it’s still only May, and the team has plenty of good baseball yet to play.
Getting to David Price and the red-hot Rays tonight in Tampa would be a fine place to start.