The Yankees fell to the Red Sox 5-3 last night. Once again another game that was very winnable that they let get away from them. The Yankees started off the scoring in the second when Chase Headley doubled off the monster to drive in Starlin Castro. With a runner in scoring position and one out the Yankees squandered a chance to knock in another run. Brian McCann would follow up the run in the second inning by singling in Brett Gardner.
Luis Severino pitched great for the first two innings. In the third he surrendered two runs. He was a bit unlucky at points, but that doesn’t change any line scores. The turning moment for me in the game was when Severino had Pedroia down 1-2 in the bottom of the third. He continued to attack the zone, but he had Pedoria in swing mode and really needed to leave the zone and try to get a swing and miss. The outside fastball is to easy to slap the other way which is what Pedroia ended up doing.
The bottom of the fifth was a big blow. The Red Sox struck for three runs and knocked Severino out of the game making it a 5-2 Red Sox advantage. In the seventh inning Headley opened up the inning with a shot off the wall that bounced awkwardly and looked like he would easily triple; however, Jackie Bradley made an unbelievable off balance throw to nab Headley at the last second. This was a big blow. I understand that it looked like he would triple easily, but down three runs there is no reason to risk getting to third with no one out. During the break in the action Rick Porcello said something that Headley didn’t like to much. Headley had a few words and the benches cleared. No punches were thrown and Headley went back to the dugout, but Instead of a runner on second and no one out we had one out and no one on. The Yankees ended up threatening in the inning with runners on second and third and two outs, but Ellsbury lined out to right field.
The last breath for the Yankees was created by Craig Kimbrel’s inability to throw strikes. He walked four batters over two thirds of an inning of work and allowed a run. Matt Barnes came in to relieve Kimbrel and caught Tex looking at a fastball on the outside corner. The only victory that the Yankees got in the ninth was that Kimbrel should be unavailable for game 2.