RAB’s Hannah volunteered to write this recap, but I realized this morning that I never mentioned what time we’d need it, and as she’s on the west coast, I’m going to go ahead and toss this quickie up on the Yankees’ 8-3 loss to the Red Sox for now.
Given that I knew I had coverage, and the fact that I’ve just been monumentally exhausted this week, I decided to hit the sack with the Yanks up 2-0 in the 5th. While two runs is obviously nowhere even close to a comfortable lead against the Red Sox ever, I felt reasonably good about CC Sabathia getting the team a much needed win.
Apparently it all unraveled in the 7th inning, as the Red Sox erupted for seven runs. I won’t go into the gory details, since I didn’t see them and you almost certainly don’t want to relive them, but CC must have completely fallen apart, as he gave up six hits and six runs. Considering the way he appeared to be cruising along, this is a rather shocking turn of events.
What is less shocking is that the Yankee offense once again completely vanished after taking an early lead in the first inning on a Curtis Granderson two-run shot. These runs represented the first time the Yankees scored on Josh Beckett all season, and it looked as though they might be able to capitalize on Beckett’s wild first few innings, but to no avail.
And so the Red Sox made history last night, winning six straight games at Yankee Stadium for the first time in history. Per our own William, prior to 1919 the Sox had won a greater number of consecutive games against the Yankees at home, but they had never done so at any structure called Yankee Stadium. That also dropped the Yankees to 1-8 against the Red Sox on the season, and also marked the second straight sweep of the Yankees by the Red Sox at home — made even more bitter by the fact that prior to Red Sox’s last sweep at the Stadium the team had yet to be swept in YSIII at all.
While this is about as frustrating as it gets fan-wise, it’s critical to remember there’s still a ton of season left. Of course, every game counts equally, and it’s not as if the losses don’t count, but at times like these it’s important to try to keep things in perspective. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t begrudge anyone of being annoyed at the way the Yankees didn’t show up to play this week in the process of getting their asses handed to them in three straight games by their archrivals.
That Boston failed to score fewer than six runs in all three games is a massive failing on the part of the pitching staff, and while I love CC Sabathia, (a) I don’t know what happened to him last night, and (b) he’s now been outdueled by Beckett the last three times they’ve clashed. I think William may have put it best on Twitter last night: “In big picture, being 2 out in June means nothing, but certain battles in the war have added meaning. Two sweeps at home by rival is bitter.”
Indeed, and especially when they’re of the historic kind. Hopefully the Yankees can get back on track against the Indians this weekend.