Sox Take 6-4 Loss to the Yankees, Magic Number Remains 1
In a game with most of the offensive production being produced by home runs the Sox fell to the Yankees in New York, but the wins needed for the Sox to clinch the division is still 1.
The Red Sox starting pitcher David Price has not exactly been great all season long and for the most part has been mediocre as compared to the excitement he brought to the team in the off season. Last night Price threw 6.1 innings allowing 12 hits, 3 home runs, and a total of 6 runs all of them earned. This is not the line of the game 1 post season ace he was supposed to be and may not a even the second best pitcher on the staff.
The Sox found themselves behind early after Yankee rookie Gary Sanchez blasted a 2 run home run off of Price in the 1st inning. So far at this point in the season the Yankees seem to play better when one of their young late season call ups hits a home run, and it looked the same last night. With the early homer from Sanchez the Yankees stayed calm for the remainder of the game and never seemed to panic.
It was not until the 6th inning when the Sox put some runs on the board, after another Yankee run in the 5th, making it a 2-3 game which gave the Sox a little hope moving forward. To this the Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 6th, a solo shot from Aaron Hill and an RBI single from Pedroia in the 7th made the game 4-4. With the game tied the Yankee players did not seem to panic or even lose any bounce in their step, and in the bottom of the 7th rookie Tyler Austin hit a 2 run home run to cap off the 6-4 win.
Last night the Yankees young inexperienced team looked and played as though they had been together for years. This is a great sign for the future of the Yankees and a bad sign for the Red Sox right now. With the post season only a few games away and the Sox not really looking to be in full form it could be bad for the team. This however may not be the case tonight, Clay Buchholz will be on the mound and the Sox seem to as of late to play incredible behind the great pitching of Buchholz. So, look for the Sox to clinch the division and make a statement tonight.