Bring back Ross or we riot. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Red Sox had not won two in a row since Kansas City came to town, and the Yankees were not about to do the honors of breaking that streak. The Sox made it close, but in the end it was a 5-4 Yankee victory taking the wind out of our sails.
Aaron Cook started good, getting through the first two innings with give ground balls and a strikeout. As has been the case all-too-often of late, however, his second time through the lineup proved something of a disaster. Three runs would come across in the span of four pitches to start the fourth, and while he survived into the sixth, he did so only by the slimmest of margins.
The Sox, meanwhile, had done little damage to David Phelps. After scoring one on a pair of hits from Dustin Pedroia and James Loney in the bottom half of the fourth, they stranded Jarrod Saltalamacchia at third after a leadoff triple (!) and failed to score despite putting together three line drives in the sixth thanks to a double play and a good snag by Nick Swisher at first.
The difference in the game, however, would come from Curtis Granderson's second bomb: a two-run shot off of Alfredo Aceves, who is a mess both on the mound and in the clubhouse right now, as evidenced by his clear evasion of Bobby Valentine in the walk back to the dugout. Something has to give there, and it seems right now like it will actually be both sides departing come the offseason.
Those runs are all the more awful given that the Sox put together a pair in the bottom half of the inning, and then had Jarrod Saltalamacchia go deep in the ninth. What could have been...
No dirty water tonight, but with Aaron Cook on the mound, how likely was it anyways? The Sox will have another chance to make it a series win tomorrow night, and that would certainly be as much as we could possibly have asked for.