Reports of their demise may just have been a bit premature. I didn't watch the Red Sox first six games--all losses--but they didn't look too bad this weekend taking two of three from our Yankees in Fenway.
Last night, they wrapped up the series win behind a great performance by Josh Beckett. He tossed 8 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, while fanning ten. The Yankees had one chance in this game to get to Beckett when they put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out in the 4th. But Beckett was able to strike out Curtis Granderson and then got Nick Swisher to ground out to 2nd. That would be the last time a Yankees would see the base paths.
CC Sabathia wasn't great for the Yankees, but while he allowed two base runners in 5 of 6 innings, he refused to break and allowed just one run over 5.2 innings.
CC left the game with the bases loaded and two out in the 6th, but was saved by Joba Chamberlain, who got Kevin Youkilis to ground out to 3rd to end the threat.
He would not have the same success one inning later, when he would walk two of the first three he faced in the inning and eventually give up three runs. The big hit was a two-run double by Marco Scutaro.
There's probably some stuff I missed, but honestly, who cares? Do you guys really want to read much more about this one anyway? Share your thoughts on the game below.
The Yanks have an off-day tomorrow before they open up a three-game series with the first-place (for the moment) O's in the Bronx on Tuesday. A.J. Burnett starts the opener for the Yanks with Chris Tillman going for Baltimore. First pitch is 7:05 PM.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Joba Chamberlain