Sox Start Season Strong
This opening series has shed some very interesting light on both teams.
For Boston, it shows that their young talent like Jackie Bradley Jr., who went 2-10 with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored, and Jose Iglesias, who surprisingly went 7-12 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored, are ready right now to make a big impact on this team.
For New York, it shows that they need their premier players to come back as soon as possible because the “Triple-A” roster that they are putting out on the field now is not going to get the job done in the Bronx.
Game 2: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4
The Sox came out of the dugout swinging Wednesday night in the second game of the 2013 MLB season, scoring six runs in the first three innings against New York.
Hiroki Kuroda took the mound for the Yanks and struggled early. In the top of the first with runners on first and second, Daniel Nava scored the games first run off a Jarrod Saltalamacchia single to right center.
An inning and a third is all New York skipper Joe Girardi had seen enough to realize that Kuroda’s control and stuff was simply not there, as he hit two batters (Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava) on wild pitches and let up another run. Girardi motioned to his bullpen early, and placed reliever Cody Eppley on the mound.
As the Yankee pitching staff was collapsing in front of the New York crowd, Boston’s starter Clay Buchholz was pitching a phenomenal game going 7 innings deep with four strikeouts and allowing only one run — a Travis Hafner homer to right.
In the top of the third, the Sox offense exploded scoring four runs. Jackie Bradley Jr. brought one of those runs home on his fist major league hit — an RBI single to center.
Things were quit for the rest of the game until, Yankee outfielder Vernon Wells hit a three run home run off Alfredo Aceves in the eighth to make the score 7-4, Boston.
In the ninth, Boston’s newest closer, Joel Hanrahan, earned his first save of the season and gave the Sox the 7-4 victory over the Yanks.
Game 3: FINAL Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
The Yankees partied like it was 1999 on Thursday night as Andy Pettitte pitched eight strong innings and then old reliable, Mariano Rivera, came in to record his first save of the season and helped the Yanks avoid a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.
Ryan Dempster took the mound for his new team and pitched a mediocre game letting up three runs in five innings of work along with eight strikeouts. His overall demeanor seemed off the entire night and could not seem to get himself in any sort of rhythm at all. Though it was not a terrible performance from him, it could have and should have been better.
The games first runs were scored in the bottom of the second as New York’s Lyle Overbay gave the Yanks the 2-0 advantage by singling to left and bringing around Travis Hafner and Eduardo Nunez.
The Yankees kept their momentum in the third as Brett Gardner belted a solo shot off a Dempster to make it 3-0 New York.
Pettitte kept the Sox’s bats quiet for much of the game until Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to deep right and brought around Will Middlebrooks to score, cutting down the lead to 3-1 in favor of New York.
The Yanks tacked on one more run and led the game 4-1 as Pettitte stepped off the mound after a solid eight innings of work. After missing much of last season due to a torn ACL, the great Mariano Rivera came in to releave Pettitte and close the game out.
The Sox made it a little interesting in the top of the ninth as Will Middlebrooks grounded out to first and allowed Dustin Pedroia to run home making the score 4-2.
With two outs and a man on third, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to the plate and was in position to be the hero as he represented the game tying run.
Alas, Mariano showed the youngster why he is the greatest closer of all time by striking him out looking on three pitches, giving New York the 4-2 victory, their first of the season.