|Final - 8.9.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Boston Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||9||0|
|New York Yankees||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||X||5||10||0|
|WP: Phil Coke (4 - 3)
SV: Mariano Rivera (32)
LP: Daniel Bard (0 - 1)
The Red Sox came into the game at the lowest point they'd been at since their early struggles--perhaps even all year. They had lost 5 straight to their top division rivals, the offense had been shut down in the last two games, and the Yankees seemed primed to finish off the second Boston Massacre.
Things were actually looking up around the top of the 8th inning. Victor Martinez hit a 2-run homer to break a 30+ inning scoreless streak, and the Red Sox lead 2-1. All that was left was to ride the arms of Bard and Papelbon to the finish and finally get back to winning.
Less than 30 minutes later, the wheels had come off once again—just as they had in seemingly every game on this dismal road trip—and the Yankees were on top thanks to back-to-back 2-out home runs from Damon and Teixeira off of Daniel Bard. This coming seconds after Jon Miller mentioned Bard having only given up 1 home run all year. The young closer-of-the-future would walk Alex Rodriguez before being pulled for Hideki Okajima, who would allow the game to get out of reach giving up a double to Jorge Posada and a single to Nick Swisher, putting the Yankees ahead once and for all 5-2.
The Sox' offense was better tonight than it had been previously. They did score two runs, and had 12 baserunners over the course of the game. Still, 2 runs is not going to be enough against the Yankees, even with a great start from Jon Lester, who pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 7 and allowing 0 free passes. His one run came in the 7th inning when Alex Rodriguez took a good, low fastball very deep over the wall in center.
With Texas defeating the Angels earlier today, the Sox have dropped back into a tie for the Wild Card. They'll head home to Fenway to try and turn things around against the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers.