Red Sox can’t find timely hit, drop series to New York
As has been the case for much of the season, the Red Sox could not come up with a timely hit with runners in scoring position and dropped the series to the New York Yankees losing three out of four contests.
Jackie Bradley Jr. made an impressive play in center field for Boston, throwing out Jacoby Ellsbury at third after tagging from second base. Carlos Beltran had tagged from third and started toward home, but the tag was applied to Ellsbury for the third out before Beltran could cross the plate nullifying the run.
The Red Sox struck first with a RBI single by Jonathan Herrera in the 2nd inning. New York took the lead on a go-ahead 2-run home run by Carlos Beltran in the bottom of the 3rd, his second in as many games.The Yankees would add another in the bottom of the 4th on fielders choice by Francisco Cervelli, that was initially ruled a double play but overturned after a replay review. John Farrell was ejected after coming out to argue the final call.
Cervelli appeared to injure his knee on the play and did not return. Ichiro Suzuki would pinch hit for Cervelli, and went on to make a web gem play in right field robbing David Ortiz of extra bases in the top of the 8th.
Mike Napoli would add a solo blast in the top of the 6th inning, his third home run of the year.
Felix Dubront rebounded after a tough start against the Texas Rangers, pitching 6 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Ivan Nova pitched his best game of the year, going 7 1/3 innings allowing two earned runs on eight hits striking out four and walking none.
The Red Sox biggest threat of the night came in the 8th inning, but Mike Carp would strike out on a breaking ball from David Phelps with the bases loaded after pinch hitting for Ryan Roberts. The Yankees brought out Shawn Kelley in the 9th who earned the save after striking out two en route to a 1-2-3 scoreless ninth inning.
*Napoli hit his 4th career home run on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball
*Carlos Beltran played at 1st base for the first time in his career
*Mike Carp played at 3rd base for the first time in his career
- Forrest Mulheron is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.com