The New York Yankees lost two heart-breaking games to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday and Friday night at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday afternoon, this game wasn't close from the beginning.
David Huff was pitching in place of Phil Hughes, who was taken out of the rotation due to ineffectiveness, but he was no better for the Yankees against the Red Sox, who just continued to crush the Yankees pitching all weekend.
Mike Napoli continued to torture the Yankees again, as he got Boston on the board in the top of the second inning with a two-run home run off Huff that put the Red Sox up 2-0.
The Yankees got back one of the runs Huff gave up when Lyle Overbay's RBI single against Boston starter John Lackey made it 2-1 and kept them in the game, but it wouldn't be for long.
In the top of the third inning, Jonny Gomes drills a three-run home run off Huff, which put the Red Sox up 5-1. The Yankees again got one of the runs back when Robinson Cano's RBI single made it 5-2.
In the top of the fourth, the Red Sox continued to pummel Huff, as Ryan Lavarnway's RBI double made it 6-2, Xander Bogarts RBI groundout made it 7-2 and then Shane Victorino's RBI double made it 8-2, which was all Joe Girardi could stomach and lifted Huff out of the game.
Huff lasted just 3.1 innings, allowed nine runs on eight hits, walked none and struck out two and was flat-out terrible on the mound for the Yankees, who really needed a big game out of him and got the opposite. Girardi turned to veteran journeyman Jim Miller, who was greeted with an RBI single by Gomes that made it 9-2 and then David Ortiz's sacrifice fly made it 10-2.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ichiro Suzuki's RBI double made it 10-3, but in the top of the fifth inning, Bogarts hit his first ever home run in the big leagues; a two-run home run off Miller, which made it 12-3.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Yankees attempted to cut into the nine-run deficit the Red Sox built up against the Bombers. Brett Gardner's two-run double made it 12-5, Derek Jeter's RBI single made it 12-6 and then Alfonso Soriano's RBI single made it 12-7 against Lackey, which lead to John Farrell taking Lackey out of the game.
The Boston righty went 5.2 innings, allowed seven runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out six. It wasn't pretty for Lackey and on any other given day, Lackey would have been in line to take the loss, but the Red Sox spotted him 12 runs, so Lackey was in line to get the win if the lead stuck.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Mark Reynolds' two-run double made it 12-9, but that was the end of the Yankees attempt to rally against the Red Sox pitching.
In the top of the ninth inning against recent call-up pitcher Brett Marshall, Napoli crushed his second home run of the game, a solo shot into left field and his 21st of the season that made it 13-9. Junichi Tazawa finished off the game in the ninth inning and ended the Yankees chances of another rally, as Boston got the 13-9 victory.
Lackey got the win for Boston and improved to 9-12, while Huff dropped to 2-1 on the season in his first start of the season for the Yankees. In the three games, the Red Sox offense has scored 34 runs, while the Yankees have scored 25.
In Sunday afternoon's finale, the Yankees will look to avoid getting swept at home as Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99 ERA) will try to get back on track as he will face off against Boston lefty Jon Lester (13-8, 3.88 ERA.)
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