PP Game Notes: Red Sox 3 - Yankees 2

Was this game just a result of a very good pitching performance by Bronson Arroyo and the Red Sox bullpen? Or was it that the Yankees are just not hitting? The Yankees, either way, were anemic with their offense again in this game. The only two runs were scored by Alex Rodriguez, who hit his first home run in the stadium. Kevin Brown must feel like he is still in LA as he put together a solid outing but only received a no decision.

In the early going of this game, it looked as if it was going to be a long afternoon in regards to the way Kevin Brown was throwing the ball. Brown had an uncharacteristic wild spell in the first inning and didn't seem to have the command that he usually has of his pitches. In the first Brown walked back to back hitters. He walked Damon and then Bill Mueller to start the game. Two batters later, Manny Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to Bernie Williams to score Johnny Damon from third. Brown escaped the first without further incident, but the Red Sox already had jumped out to a 1-0 nothing lead. The Yankees had almost no offense until later on in the contest but the Red Sox were able to tack on another run in the second inning. Pokey Reese hit another sacrifice fly ball to center field to score Kevin Millar to make it 2-0 Boston. This came after two Kevin Brown errors on the mound. The run was officially scored unearned but from Brown's standpoint it was due to his miscues. From that point on, Kevin Brown settled down nicely to pitch another solid game. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Yankees finally picked up their first hit of the game. It was the first Yankee Stadium home run for Alex Rodriguez, a solo shot. Rodriguez had two hits in the game and appears to be coming around. 

 

Things were quiet for the next couple innings on both sides. Kevin Brown exited after 7 innings of work, surrendering 2 runs on 4 hits while walking four and striking out one. Finally, in the seventh inning the Yankees put a rally together, Gary Sheffield stepped up and was able to tie the game at three with an RBI single to left field. Alex Rodriguez scored on the play. The Yankee and Red Sox bullpen's took over from there and both were superb throughout. Bronson Arroyo was excellent and the final line on him was 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs while walking 2 and striking out 4. The scoring was halted until the 12th inning. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox had their individual opportunities to score but were each time stifled by the bullpen. Mariano Rivera pitched the tenth and eleventh inning for New York and did not surrender a run. Paul Quantrill came in for the 12th inning and gave up a leadoff double to Manny Ramirez. Three batters later, Mark Bellhorn hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give Boston the winning run. The Yankees were sat down 1,2,3 in the bottom of the frame by Mike Timlin who picked up the save. Keith Foulke pitched two innings of relief and got the win for Boston.

 

The Yankees will be facing the Red Sox again on Sunday at 1:05 Eastern Standard time, looking to avoid the sweep. It will be the marquee matchup of the series, Javier Vazquez (2-1, 2.53) will be facing off against Pedro Martinez (2,1, 3.86).


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