Yankees-Red Sox: Bombers' 15-9 Comeback Victory Adds to Historic Rivalry
It was 9-0 in the fifth inning.
Everything was looking in favor of the Red Sox on Saturday after they had chased Freddy Garcia in the second inning and forced Joe Girardi to go to the bullpen.
The "it was" phrase is a common phrase uttered a lot in Boston.
Like, it was 3-2 in the 1986 World Series. And it was 5-2 in the eighth inning of the 2003 ALCS.
On Saturday, it was 9-0 Red Sox heading into the sixth inning.
Mark Teixeira homers off of Boston starter Felix Doubront to make it 9-1.
It's still a steep hill to climb, but in Fenway, you can never count out a loaded offense, especially the Yankees.
In the seventh inning, the momentum changed in the entire game.
Off Vicente Padilla, Nick Swisher smashes a grand slam over the Green Monster, which cut it from 9-1 to 9-5.
With that one swing, the Yankees had a pulse, and Boston knew they were in deep trouble.
Three batters later, Teixiera cranks out his second home run of the game, a three-run shot off Matt Albers over the Green Monster, and it was 9-8.
From 9-0 to 9-8 in a matter of two innings. The Red Sox couldn't stop the bleeding, because the Yankees were far from done.
In the top of the eighth, Swisher cranks a double over the head of Cody Ross, which scored two and gave the Yankees the lead at 10-9.
Teixeira, already having a monster game, hits a two-run ground run double that made it 12-9.
Two batters later, Russell Martin hits a two-run double over Ross' head to make it 14-9.
Derek Jeter's infield single made it 15-9, and that's where it held for the rest of the game.
The Yankees looked like they would get smoked out of the ballpark on Saturday, and then all it took was two huge innings.
A seven-run seventh inning and a seven-run eighth inning and Red Sox Nation went from having a great time to watching a live nightmare before their eyes.
The Boston bullpen is the major culprit of this one, as they wasted a solid performance by their starter Doubront.
The Red Sox bullpen allowed 12 hits, 14 runs, walked four and allowed two home runs.
Former Yankee and current Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves took the loss and had his ERA soar all the way up to 24.00
The Boston bullpen has been downright dreadful in 2012 and in Saturday's game, it really got exposed on national TV.
For both Swisher and Teixeira, what a breakout game to have.
Swisher goes 3-for-6 with six RBI and the grand slam. Texieira also goes 3-for-6 with six RBI and the two huge home runs.
Jeter continues his hot April by going 3-for-4 and bumped his average up to .382.
Garcia, as expected, pitched a lousy game and got bailed out by his offense.
As soon as Andy Pettitte is ready to get called up to the majors, Garcia will not have a spot in the Yankees rotation anymore.
Nobody was expecting this type of comeback by the Yankees after falling behind 9-0, but this is one of the most historic comeback victories that only adds to the rivalry.
The Yankees have done this so many times to the Red Sox.
The one-game playoff in 1978 that saw Bucky Dent hit the homer over the monster.
The three-run eighth inning rally off Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS, followed by Aaron Boone's home run in the 11th off Tim Wakefield.
Starting 0-9 head-to-head in 2009 and winning 10-of-11 against Boston to win the A.L. East.
The Boston Massacre of 1978 and again in 2006.
You can now add April 21, 2012, into the history books as another chapter of the Yankees-Red Sox feud and rivalry with this historic comeback victory.
The Yankees have already won the series by taking the first two games. On ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, led by C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees will attempt the sweep.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.
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