Yankees Can’t Finish the Comeback
by Brian Capozzi
As if the 3-game sweep in early May wasn’t enough for the Boston Red Sox, they decided that the first inning, of the first game in June would be a good way to continue. After plating 3-runs in the top of the 1st inning, Freddy Garcia and the Yankees found themselves in an early hole. The Yanks were able to get a run back in the bottom of the first, courtesy of walk, a HBP (which I should add that Mark Teixeira is currently listed as day-to-day), and a single by Cano. In the top of the 2nd, the Red Sox re-gained that run to give the Sox a 4-1 lead, but not before knocking Garcia out of the game with 2-outs in the second.
photo © 2011 Keith Allison | more info(via: Wylio)Last nights outing was by far the worst thus far this season for Freddy Garcia. He came into the game with about a 3.30ERA, and after he left the ballgame yesterday, his ERA rose to 3.86. He allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, with 3 walks and 1 strikeout. As I already said, this was his worst outing of the season. If this happens once every 10 starts, the Yankees will have gotten much more than they expected out of Garcia; however, it can’t happen against the Red Sox.
After the Red Sox increased the lead to 6-1, thanks in part to David Ortiz and his cockiness, the Yankees were able to begin clawing their way back, but it was too little, too late. The team was able to plate three more runs, to lose the game 6-4. If Garcia did not have that atrocious first inning, the Yankees could have won this game. They missed out on some key opportunities but thanks to the bullpen, the Yankees offense actually had a chance to make a comeback. The bullpen in total tossed 7.1 innings of 3-hit baseball, allowing 2ERs, 2BBs, 2Ks. Despite the loss, I was very impressed with Hector Noesi and Luis Ayala’s performance. Click the image below to view the scoring summary.
The Yankees take on the Red Sox again in the 2nd game of the series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx at 7:05pm. A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the Yankees, as veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield take the mound for the Red Sox.
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