Last night Alex Rodriguez, Johhny Damon and Mark Teixeira powered the Yankees to a 4 game sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Let’s break down each game, and see how the Yankees were able to accomplish this incredible feat.
Thursday – Yankees 13, Red Sox 6
- This was the ugliest of the 4 games played.
- Joba Chamberlain started for the Yankees, and he only went 5 innings while allowing 4 runs.
- However, the Yankees out slugged the Red Sox (knocking John Smoltz out of a job with the Red Sox, and possibly ending his career). The Yankees scored 8 runs in the 4th inning, to make it a 9-3 ballgame, and they never looked back from there.
Friday – Yankees 2, Red Sox 0
- As you know, this was the epic game that went 15 innings before a runner even touched home plate
- A.J. Burnett shut out the Red Sox for 7.2 innings, and only allowed 1 hit which was against the first batter of the game.
- Alex Rodriguez sent Yankee fans home happy in the 15th inning with a walk off 2 run home run.
Saturday – Yankees 5, Red Sox 0
- CC Sabathia followed up A.J. Burnett with his own stellar performance, going 7.2 innings and only allowing 2 hits.
- Mark Teixeira drove in a run with 2 outs in the 3rd, and that’s all the Yankees would need.
- However, the Yankees scored 4 more runs, including a two run home run by Jeter, which allowed Mariano Rivera to take the day off.
Sunday – Yankees 5, Red Sox 2
- Andy Pettifog pitched a dandy going 7 scoreless innings.
- In the the 7th inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run to put the Yankees up 1-0.
- Unfortunately, Victor Martinez hit a 2 run home run in the 8th to put the Red Sox up 2-1, and he broke the 31 scoreless innings for the Red Sox. I’d like to think that the 31 scoreless innings were payback for the 29 laptops that Clay Buchholz stole back in 2005, and the extra two innings were just for fun (or maybe the symbolized the two rims stolen off Buchholz’s car this past July)
- Fortunately, before the Red Sox could even celebrate, Johnny Damon hit a solo shot to tie the game in the 8th, followed by a towering blast by Mark Teixeira to put the Yankees in the lead. Nick Swisher hit a tack on 2 run single later in the inning.
So in the end, the Yankees are 6.5 games up in the AL East, and the Red Sox are tied with Texas for the wild card lead. Plus, the Red Sox have not won a game against a team over .500 since June 13th against the Phillies. Life is good.