Game 23 Quick Recap: BOS 8 NYY 7

There was heavy rain in the forecast all of last night, and there were questions as to whether the Yanks and Sox would get last night's series finale in.  A rainout would have been a better outcome for the Bronx Bummers, as they gagged away another one late to drop the series, their 5th straight game, and their record to a lowly 8-15 on the season. It was all about blown leads for Yankee starter Nathan Eovaldi.  He was given a 3-1 lead in the 3rd after a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI double and a 2-run home run by Alex Rodriguez and he promptly blew it in the bottom half by giving up 3 runs on 4 singles and a walk.  The offense came back with 3 runs in the 5th on a 2-run double by A-Rod and RBI single by Mark Teixeira, and Eovaldi blew that lead in the bottom of the inning by serving up a 2-run homer to Travis Shaw.  For once it wasn't the offense's fault.  They gave Eovaldi plenty of run support and he couldn't make any of it stick.

The 6-6 tie lasted until the bottom of the 7th, when Ivan Nova sandwiched 2 outs around a Shaw base hit and exited for Dellin Betances.  Betances has been scuffling lately with some poorly placed curveballs, but it was the heater that failed him last night.  Christian Vazquez was sitting fastball on the first pitch and Dellin threw one right down the pipe.  Vazquez hit it for the go-ahead 2-run shot, giving him his first home run of the season and the Red Sox the sweep of the series.  The Yankees scratched a run across on a double and a wild pitch in the 8th, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback.  5 losses in a row, 9 of the last 12, and 13 of the last 17.  Truly pathetic stuff.

Game Notes:

- 6 runs, 10 hits, and 3 walks in 5 innings for Eovaldi after taking a no-hitter into the 7th his last time out.  I don't know if the rain had anything to do with it, but he wasn't sharp last night and the Boston hitters were all over him.

- 4 hits, 3 of them homers, and 4 runs allowed in Betances' last 3 appearances.  His ERA has gone from 0 to 3.09.

- Nice game for A-Rod.  2-4 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI, and both hits went for extra bases.  He's got 7 hits and 7 RBI in his last 5 games, including 3 doubles and 3 home runs.  He's raised his season line up to .203/.286/.464.

- Ellsbury doubled twice and scored 2 runs in 4 trips.

- Chase Headley XBH Watch: 1-4, 1 K, 3 LOB.  The hit was a single, so the streak continues.  75 plate appearances this season, no extra base hits.  Headley's hitting .156/.267/.156.