Yankees Grab AL East Lead in Win over Red Sox
The Yankees got a much needed win against their AL East rival Red Sox on Friday night as they defeated the Red Sox 3-2. The key to their victory were the 4 solid innings turned in by their bullpen, who did not allow a run. Yankees also got timely hitting to knock in their go-ahead run.
I'll tell you why the Yankees stole a game from the Red Sox Friday night.
Going into the game. The Yanks were facing Jon Lester, who has dominated the Yankees in the past. He gave up the 3 runs but still kept his Red Sox in the game. Though his downfall were the 4 walks he allowed in the 6 innings pitched. He gave up 5 hits and struck out 7. Bartolo Colon went 4 2/3 innings giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 1 and striking out 2. That one walk he allowed was the first walk issued by a Yankee pitcher in 5 games.
So with the Yankees taking this game against Jon Lester, on paper, the Yanks stole a game. This is crucial considering the Yankees send out CC Sabathia on Sunday and Freddy Garcia on Sunday. A Yankee win on Saturday takes any pressure off of the Yankees for the rest of the series. This is big considering the Yanks were 1-8 against the Red Sox this season.
Again, the Yankees bullpen was their key to victory in this game as they went 4 1/3 innings giving up a combined 2 hits, no walks, no runs, and striking out 5. Yanks got big contributions from Boone Logan, who went an inning, Rafael Soriano, who pitched the 7th, followed by David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, who got his 29th save. For Yankee fans, it was good to see Logan having a good outing and Soriano throwing a 1-2-3 inning and hitting the radar gun at 95 with his fastball.
Up next the Yankees and Red Sox face off Saturday, as it'll be Sabathia against Lacket. Then Sunday night Garcia against Beckett.