By MyFM's Jake Archer - This Red Sox team just loves to be perfectly mediocre don’t they? On a 10 game road trip that saw stops in Chicago, Baltimore and New York, the Sox went 5-5. After taking two of three from the White Sox and splitting the four game set with the Orioles, the Sox headed to the Bronx for a showdown with the first place Yankees, and it didn’t go very well.
The series started off great as the Sox bats jumped all over Yankees “ace” Masahiro Tanaka to the tune of five runs on five hits in five innings. Three of those hits were homeruns coming from Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi. On the hill for the Sox, Drew Pomeranz was well, hard to figure out. On one hand, Pomeranz let up only two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. On the other hand, he only went five innings and threw 123 pitches. It wasn’t great, but I’ll take it from my fifth starter on the road against a good offense.
The Yankees climbed back into the game against the bullpen and cut the Sox lead to 5-4. Craig Kimbrel entered in the eighth inning again though and shut the door. He struck out five guys in 1.1 innings and made the meat of the Yankees batting order, including MVP candidate Aaron Judge, look silly.
With the win, the Sox pulled to within one game of the first place Yankees and things were looking really good. It felt like the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry could matter again with two competitive teams playing long, hard fought games while battling for the AL East.
Games two and three of the series were very ugly for the Sox however. In Game 2, Rick Porcello continued to struggle as he has for much of this year and the Sox bats went silent against CC Sabathia. It ended up being a lopsided, 8-0 loss but that was not even the story of the night. After the game, Sox starter David Price had a clubhouse blow-up with the Boston media members and the story became all anyone could talk about for the next 24 hours.
Price was on the mound for Game 3 and all eyes were on him and how he would do after this controversy. He got rocked. His pitch count was high, he walked a lot of hitters and he gave up six runs in five innings. The Sox bats didn’t respond again either. In the end it was a 9-1 loss and the Yankees walked out of the series with a 3 game lead on the Sox in the standings. They established themselves as the better team pretty clearly and left the Sox with a bad taste in their mouths. Now Boston will have to try to get back on track AGAIN, while also dealing with injuries and a head case pitcher making $31 million a year.
The Sox will open up a three game set with the Tigers tonight at Fenway. Brian Johnson takes the mound for Boston in place of the injured Eduardo Rodriguez and Jordan Zimmerman toes the rubber for Detroit. First pitch will be at 7:10.