Padilla-Teixeira Feud Resumes In Yankees 8-6 Loss
The Yankees (60-40) and the Red Sox (50-51) squared off for the second game of the three game weekend series on Saturday evening two hours late due to the nasty weather in New York and the Red Sox escaped with an 8-6 victory after a late inning rally from the Yankees.
After the 2-plus hour rain delay C.C. Sabathia came out and looked sluggish from the start. In the first inning the Red Sox banged up Sabathia for three runs thanks to an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double and a Will Middlebrooks 2-run double. The rain delay seemed to affect Sabathia who was not hitting his spots early on and getting hit hard even on the outs.
It was quite opposite for Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Lester looked good early on getting ahead in counts and breezing through the Yankees lineup. Lester surrendered a solo home run to Chris Stewart in the third. It was Stewart’s first home run of the season.
Adrian Gonzalez was at it again in the fifth inning blasting a two out three run homer off of Sabathia putting the Red Sox up 6-1. It was Gonzalez 10th home run of the season and put him at 62 RBI. Sabathia went six innings gave up six runs on eight hits and struck out six.
In the bottom of the fifth the Yankees would fight back and cut into the Boston lead. After an Andruw Jones lead off walk Jayson Nix lifted a two run homer to left field off of Lester. It was Nix 4th home run of the season. Russell Martin then walked, Ichiro singled and Chris Stewart sacrificed them over leading to a Derek Jeter RBI ground out making the score 6-4. Lester finished going six innings gave up four runs on four hits and struck out six.
In the eighth inning Mark Teixeria looked like he would be the Yankee hero for the evening. Teixeira drilled a game tying two run home run deep into the right center field seats off of reliever Vicente Padilla. Teixeira slowly trotted away from home-plate as he stared at the ball soar into the seats. It has been well-documented that Teixeira and Padilla do not care for each other and there is some bad blood between them. It was Teixeira’s 20th of the season.
In the top of the ninth with one out Rafael Soriano walked Jacoby Ellsbury; Pedro Ciriaco then lifted a deep fly ball to center that Curtis Granderson misplayed and the ball rolled all the way to the wall scoring Ellsbury and putting the Red Sox up 7-6. Dustin Pedroia then hit a sac-fly to left scoring Ciriaco. Soriano was the losing pitcher (2-1). Andrew Miller was the winner (3-1).
The Yankees will meet the Red Sox on Sunday night. Felix Doubront (10-5 4.54) will start for the Red Sox while Hiroki Kuroda (10-7 3.34) goes for the Yankees. Pregame coverage begins at 7:30, first pitch at 8:00 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.