If there was a difference between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, it is this: producing in the clutch. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they were the unclutch team that folded like an origami project in an art class, and they end up being on the losing end of the 5-4 score, because of clutch homers by Jason Bay, and Kevin Youkilis, but more on that later.
On the top of the 9th, the Yankees were leading 4-2, and they had the bases loaded with nobody out for Robinson Cano. You would have thought the Yankees had the win in the bag, but the red Sox refused to die, as Cano hit into the 4-2-3 double play.
Then next up was Melky Cabrera, who was the hero Wednesday, as he crushed a walk off 2 run homer, as Dan Giese could do nothing but watch the ball fly into right field, and Melky getting mobbed at home plate. Back to the game. He wasn't clutch today, He popped up to Jason Varitek, side retires.
Bottom of the 9th, let's fast forward with 2 outs. Closer Mariano Rivera facing Jason Bay, with Youkilis at 2nd. The Yankees needed one more out to win the game. But with one swing of the bat, and the baseball getting driven to souvenir city, the Red Sox tied it at 4. That along with the Yankees failing to score in the top of the 9th was the turning point.
The 10th inning, the Yankees had a chance to get in some runs, but the unclutch Yankees offense once again FAILED! Notice a trend here? Fortunately, in the bottom half, Marte pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
In the Yankees' half of the 11th, the inning was kicked off by Posada walking, but he wouldn't last long, being forced-out at 2nd at a failed attempt of a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner. But in the next at bat, Cano singled, the Yankees were set up at 1st and 2nd with 1 out. But Cabrera grounded to a 4-3 Double play, Cano stopped and was tagged out going to 2nd, and Pedroia fired to 1st to get Cabrera out. Side retires.
In the bottom of the 11th, Marte comes in again to face Ortiz, and strikes him out, but in the next at bat, Youkilis sent Marte over to the Green Monster. Game over.
In which what is supposed to be a Yankees' win was a moot point now, and it wouldn't be if the Yankees offense would hit a lick with RISP. Instead, the Yankees could do nothing but watch the baseball sail over the Green Monster, and Youkilis being mobbed by the Red Sox team at home plate.
Joba Chamberlain had a shaky game, giving up nine hits, four walks, two runs (one earned) in 5.1 IP. He had a No Decision. Mariano Rivera blows the save. Demarso Marte received the loss.
As for the Red Sox, Ramon Ramirez earned the win. Jon Lester had a No decision as well.
The Yankees as a team had 13 hits, but only scored 4 runs, and they had a lot of chances to break the game open, but failed, while the Red Sox pulled out all the stops, and got the runs when they mattered.
Next game for the Yankees is on Saturday, A.J. Burnett faces Josh Beckett under the national spotlights on FOX. And on Sunday, Andy Pettitte faces Justin Masterson, on ESPN.
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