Saturday, September 7, 2013

If there's anything that we've learned from the first two games of this series, it's that no lead is safe. The New York Yankees came back from six-runs down on Thursday, and the Boston Red Sox came back from a five-run hole on Friday.

Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, the Red Sox jumped out to a commanding 12-9 lead after David Huff and the bullpen endured one of it's roughest days, but trying to overcome the seven-run deficit, the Yankees put together a rally in the late innings that made the game interesting once again, but it wouldn't be enough as the Yanks fell to Boston, 13-9.

"No lead seems to be big enough," Boston manager John Farrell said. "It's a testament to the offensive capability of both clubs and the relentlessness at the plate."

Entering the 6th inning down 12-3, the Yankees put a rally together to put them back into the game for the most part, scoring two runs on a double by Brett Gardner, then coming around to score on a single by Derek Jeter. Alfonso Soriano added a fourth run a few batters later on a single to left field, making it a 12-5.

Then things got even more interesting the in the 8th when they Bombers tacked on two more runs to pull them within three. Mark Reynolds, who entered the game in the 6th as a pinch-runner for Jeter, doubled into the left field corner, plating a pair of runs.

Yet, no matter what the Yankees did on offense, the Red Sox out-hit the them. Boston's bats where explosive once again, scoring run after run off Huff, Jim Miller and Brett Marshall.

Huff's day was over before you knew it. He was nothing like he was on the bullpen for the Yanks this season, giving up up nine runs on eight hits in 3.1 inning. He struck out the first two batters of the game, then it all went downhill from there.

"I started out aggressive in the first inning," Huff said. "As soon as the [Napoli] home run happened, I started getting too fine with my pitches and started nibbling a little bit."

"You can't afford to not be firing on all cylinders or they'll take advantage," Said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "And they've been taking advantage on every extra inch you give. Despite that, our guys keep fighting."

Miller, who was called up by the Yankees this morning, entered in the 4th, but he, too, proved ineffective against the Red Sox, giving up three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Marshall was easily to better of the three Yankee pitchers, permitting just one-run in 4.1 innings.

"Right now, they're not missing pitches," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We talked about when they came in that they're swinging the bats extremely well, and they're continuing to do that."

For Boston, a lot of the damage came from Mike Napoli, who went deep twice, driving in three runs on the day. Johnny Gomes also came up big for the Sox, also going yard, driving in four runs. Xander Bogaerts smashed his first career homerun in the 4th, and he helped factor in the final score, driving in three runs, too.

"We have to turn it around," Girardi said. "The bottom line is we have to pitch better, because we are scoring some runs. We have to figure out how to get them out."

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