Red Sox Meltdown While Yankees Rally, Win 15-9
It looked like the Red Sox (4-10) had the Yankees (9-6) number Saturday afternoon, but the game ended in what was one of the best comebacks you’ll ever see in a baseball game. Boston was cruising and held a comfortable 9-0 lead in the sixth inning. The Yankees then staged an epic comeback scoring 15 runs from the sixth inning on, and getting the second victory over the Sox in as many days.
The Yankee offense was getting shut down early on by Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. In six innings of work, Doubrount only allowed one run on four hits. That lone run was a solo home run off the bat of Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning; at that point it was a 9-1 Red Sox lead. In the seventh everything changed when veteran pitcher Vicente Padilla came on for the Red Sox in relief. Nick Swisher hit a grand slam with 1 out, giving the Yankees hope making the score 9-5 in favor of the Red Sox, but they weren’t done in that inning. Cano followed with a double and A-Rod reached on an error, leading to another Mark Teixeira home run, this time a three-run shot making the score 9-8, Red Sox. The Yankees followed the seven run seventh inning with another unbelievable inning.
In the eighth inning now only trailing by one run the Yankees were determined to finish the comeback. Eduardo Nunez led off the inning with a single off Boston reliever Franklin Morales. Former Yankee Alfredo Aceves came on for the Sox to face Derek Jeter who walked. Nick Swisher then was at it again, this time with a two RBI double giving the Yankees the 10-9 lead. After Robinson Cano and A-Rod walked it was Mark Teixeira’s turn once again. Teixeira hit a two-run ground-rule double to right field making the score 12-9. Russell Martin added a two-run double of his own and Derek Jeter had an RBI single all in the seven run, six hit eighth inning.
Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher finished the game with six RBI each. Teixeira, Swisher and Derek Jeter all finished the game with three hits a-piece. Mark Teixeira hit two home runs giving him three total on the season. Swisher now has four home runs and 20 RBIs this season. 20 RBIs is good for the AL lead, and ties him with Matt Kemp for the MLB lead.
Yankees starter Freddy Garcia looked awful in his third start this season. He went 1 2/3 innings, gave up five runs on seven hits. David Ortiz continues to hit the ball well in his hot start. He went 4-4 with a double and RBI. He is hitting .436 so far this year.
The Yankees play the Red Sox again Sunday night. C.C. Sabathia (1-0 5.59) gets the nod for the Yankees, Daniel Bard (0-2 4.63) for the Red Sox. Pregame begins at 7:30, first pitch at 8:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.