Rivalry Resumes: Youkilis Ends 11-Inning Affair with Swing of the Bat

E ASenior Analyst IApril 25, 2009

BOSTON - OCTOBER 16:  Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on his way to scoring the game winning run in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays is unable to make the play on the ball in game five of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 16, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tonight was the first meeting between the Red Sox and Yankees tonight, and it could not have been more exciting.

Game one recap

The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead on Yankees hurler Joba Chamberlain, with Jacoby Ellsbury scoring on a wild pitch. Jon Lester and Joba Chamberlain then turned it into a pitcher's duel.

However, in the top of the fourth inning, the Yankees jumped out to a 2-1 lead, which Joba Chamberlain was not ready to give up. Three innings later, in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox tied it up thanks to a Mike Lowell double and a Nick Green RBI.

The next inning, the Yankees scored two more runs. Hideki Okajima came in to pitch the seventh. He left the game with the bases loaded, without recording so much as an out.

Manny Delcarmen salvaged the game, getting through the seventh inning only allowing one run. Jason Bay made a beautiful diving play in left field to save a multiple-RBI extra base hit.

Javier Lopez got into similar trouble in the eighth, with two runners in scoring position, but he got out of the jam.

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Despite the good pitching from Lester (6 IP, 7 K, 2 ER), Delcarmen, and Saito, the Yankees bullpen did a great job shutting down Boston's offense tonight. Phil Coke and Jonathan Albaladejo combined for 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings, setting up for Mariano Rivera.

Rivera entered the game in the eighth inning, with a 4-2 lead. He had come so close to finishing off the Red Sox in the ninth inning, but he let Kevin Youkilis on base with two outs.

Then, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Jason Bay hit a shot deep to left center field for a two run homer, his fourth of the year.

Rivera has 12 blown saves against the Red Sox in his career.

The game went to extra innings, becoming a battle of the bullpens. Jonathan Papelbon blanked the Yankees in the top of the tenth, and Damaso Marte answered in the bottom half of the tenth by retiring the side one-two-three.

Ramon Ramirez was the next guy to enter the game for Boston, allowing one hit and one walk. Ramirez didn't let any runs cross the plate, keeping his season ERA at 0.00 and was in position to win the game.

Then, in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Kevin Youkilis hit a solo shot clear over the Green Monster to end the game, 5-4. For the season, Youkilis is now hitting .433, 5 home runs, 13 RBI, and 6 doubles.

Youkilis now has a career .404 average against the Yankees, with 5 homers, 33 RBI, and 41 walks in 245 plate appearances.

Welcome to the Rivalry, Jason Bay!

In what turned out to be a low scoring game, Jason Bay's performance turned out to be exactly what the Red Sox needed to keep their now eight game winning streak alive. Bay went 3-for-5, with a pair of RBI and a run scored of his own. Bay only left one runner on base.

Bay is playing in just his third series against the Yankees as a member of a Red Sox. Bay is now a .333 hitter, with 1 home run and 8 RBI.