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Red Sox 1, Yankees 10: The wait lasts another day

This game was bad and also dumb.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Just....yikes. David Price’s line looks bad, and he certainly wasn’t as lights out as he’s been over the last month or so, but he also ran into a ton of bad luck. I’ll get into it in detail below but, well, it was dumb. More concerning was the offense, which once again struggled mightily and couldn’t come through when it presented itself. They’ve been scuffling of late, and it would have been nice to see them break out of it on Wednesday. Alas, they did not.

The Red Sox bullpen is getting the headlines right now, and it’s understandable, but the offense has not been performing well of late either. Blame it on dog days, a random slump or whatever. Whether it’s worrisome for October is not the matter at hand, at least not for the purposes of this recap. What matters is it is not fun to watch, and I miss having fun watching this offense. They are putting a lot of bad swings on the ball, but it’s not even just that. When they do get a good swing or two, they just aren’t building off of it. It’s something they were so good at pretty much all year, but it’s disappeared in recent games, and it’s not as entertaining. To state the obvious.

Luis Severino looked markedly better than he has of late, to his credit, but the did leave some pitches that could have been hit harder. The team’s power outage continued, and they couldn’t piece together many rallies either. In the first, though, they seemed poise to get off to a strong start. Mookie Betts, back in the lineup after his injury scare on Sunday, led off with a four-pitch walk and after Andrew Benintendi smacked a well-hit liner right at Aaron Hicks for the first out, J.D. Martinez got a single of his own to put runners on the corners with just one down. The Red Sox had three solid at bats to start the game, and looked poised to get out of their funk and actually get off to a hot start at the plate. Instead, Xander Bogaerts — who has been so good with runners in scoring position all year but has struggled very recently — popped out and Mitch Moreland hit a routine grounder. The Red Sox scored nothing with that chance.

After they went down in order in each of the next two innings as Severino settled into a groove following the squander in the first, Martinez got another hit to start off the fourth. Again, though, the Red Sox couldn’t take advantage and the next three batters went down in order to keep the zero on the scoreboard.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

On the other side, David Price was looking for a good start in Yankee Stadium, something he’s obviously and notably struggled with over his Red Sox career. The results in this game were not great, but as will be discussed, a lot of it was not his fault. He certainly deserved better than what he got, but that shouldn’t be confused with him looking like he has for this second half. Don’t get me wrong, Price wasn’t bad, or anything close to it. However, his command and control were just a bit off compared to the sky-high bar he’s set for himself of late. As I said, circumstances out of his control led to a lot of the damage, but we’ve seen better from him as well. Of course, he was far from the biggest issue in this game.

Like Severino, Price started this game with a four-game walk, which was a sign that his command might not be on point to the degree which we’ve gotten used to in recent starts. Also like Severino, however, Price was able to escape any further trouble, allowing Andrew McCutchen to get into scoring position but retiring the next three batters after the walk.

In the second, the first bit of damage came, though it was a Yankee Stadium special. With one out in the inning, Price tried to sneak a high fastball by Miguel Andújar but it didn’t work. The possible Rookie of the Year went the other way and put it just over the short porch in right field, putting New York up 1-0. It was certainly not a mammoth shot, but it’s always worth remembering that the Red Sox can take advantage of that right field too. They just haven’t.

Anyway, the inning just got worse after that. Price walked his second batter of the night immediately following that walk, and a single put two on. The Red Sox southpaw would walk a third batter after recording the second out, loading up the bases for Aaron Judge and giving the Yankees a chance to really build on their lead. Instead, the outfielder hit a routine ground ball to third base and the inning appeared to be over. Except, well, it wasn’t. Eduardo Núñez came up too quickly on the ball and let it go right through his legs. The Yankees scored two more on the error and left the inning with a 3-1 lead.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Following that second, Price’s control did get better, though his luck didn’t improve a ton. He allowed a double but nothing more in the third, then Luke Voit came up to lead off in the fourth. The Yankees first baseman followed Andújar’s lead, smacking one into the right-field seats for another short, solo home run. Just like that, it was a 4-0 lead.

From here, we fast-forward to the top half of the fifth as the Red Sox had to get Severino out of his groove and try to start chipping away at this lead. They certainly got the start they wanted from unlikely sources, when Núñez led off with a double and Sandy León finally got a hit for an RBI single. A run was on the board, and they had a runner on with nobody out. Nothing happened after that, though, with three going down in a row after that.

In the sixth, Yankee Stadium and the Yankees hitters struck again. Price had walked his fourth batter of the game, and that brought Voit back to the plate. Once again, the lefty tried to sneak one by on the outer half and once again the first baseman just barely put it over the wall in right field. The three homers Price allowed travelled 340, 341 and 343 feet. Fun stuff! Anyway, that homer was the end of Price’s night.

Joe Kelly came on after that, and the game got out of hand. After getting the second out of the inning, the righty allowed back-to-back singles before Aaron Hicks knocked in two more. Suddenly, there was an 8-1 Yankees lead, Kelly’s night was already over and the Yankees were about to cruise to victory.

New York would get two more runs in the eighth against William Cuevas, and the Red Sox....didn’t score anything else.

The Red Sox have one more chance to get this division clinched in the Bronx when these two teams play the series finale in New York on Thursday. Boston will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound with the Yankees countering with Masahiro Tanaka. First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET.


Courtesy of Fangraphs