PP Game Notes: Red Sox 11 - Yankees 2

If you are a Yankee fan and you thought it couldn't get any worse right now, you'd be wrong. The Yankees took a pounding from the Boston Red Sox in this game as almost nothing went right. Jose Contreras got pummeled again by the Sox. The only bright spot on offense or for the whole game from a Yankee perspective was Hideki Matsui's two run home run.

The barrage of Red Sox scoring began in the top of the second inning when Mark Bellhorn hit an RBI single to right field to score Ellis Burks. Jose Contreras had an impressive first inning before that but just seemed to get worse and worse as the game wore on. Things actually seemed to be shaping up for Contreras though in the fourth inning. This feeling came to an end when Kevin Millar blasted a solo home run to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Things just got worse for the Yankees at that point. The next batter was Mark Bellhorn and he hit a solo home run of his own as the Red Sox went back to back. After the home runs, Contreras did not last out of the fourth inning as he was replaced by Donovan Osborne. Osborne did not fair well in the fourth either, giving up a three run home run to Bill Mueller to give Boston a commanding 6-0 lead. From this point on, it was just ugly for New York. David Ortiz doubled to center in the sixth to score Johnny Damon. In the seventh inning, Pokey Reese doubled to center, scoring Mark Bellhorn and Ellis Burks to make it 9-0. This was obviously very difficult for a Yankee fan to fathom. To make things even worse, Johnny Damon then singled to make it 10-0 Sox. Manny Ramirez also homered. This is when both teams started making this into a game to get their bench players and youngsters in rather than a serious contest with such a big lead. Scott Proctor and Alex Graman both got some innings of work in this game just to get some Yankee Stadium experience. The only offense that the Yankees produced the entire night was Hideki Matsui's two run homer in the seventh inning off Derek Lowe. Lowe pitched an excellent game, going 6 innings, surrendering 6 hits and giving up 2 runs. The final line on Contreras was 3 1/3 innings, 5 hits and five runs.


The Yankees will face off again with Boston on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Eastern Standard time. The probably starters will be Kevin Brown (3-0, 2.33) against Bronson Arroyo (0-1, 7.11).

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