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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pitching Fails Miserably in Red Sox Loss to Yankees

BOSTON, MA - JULY 06:  Hiroki Kuroda #18 of th...
Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 6, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
When I say the pitching failed miserably last night, it wasn't just the Red Sox. Josh Beckett and Hiroki Kuroda were equally ineffective in a high-output game that came down to a battle of the bullpens. Unfortunately, the Yankees, led by Mark Teixeira, came out on top.

There were 18 runs scored in the contest and 10 of those came before the second inning began. Josh Beckett looked awful against a competent team, battling command issues with all of his pitches in the first. The Yankees took advantage and tagged him for 5 earnies, seemingly putting the Red Sox in a deep hole early.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, Kuroda was equally as bad. Ryan Kalish put the first run on the board with a sac-fly and Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI double off the monster in left to make it 5-2.

With Cody Ross and A-Gon on base, All Star snub Jarrod Saltalamacchia came through for another big homerun, a 3-run shot to make it a brand new ball game.

Both teams would get another run in the second inning, with Alex Rodriguez picking up an RBI on a ground-out and David Ortiz on a single, but it was the later inning that decided the game and the Sox 'pen wasn't up to the task on this night.

BOSTON, MA - JULY 06:  Jarrod Saltalamacchia #...
BOSTON, MA - JULY 06: Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox rounds third base after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 6, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
After taking a 7-6 lead in the fifth that oddly enough never felt safe to begin with, Josh Beckett was removed with Bobby Valentine electing to go with Matt Albers for the sixth. He allowed a hit and a walk, but came away unscathed, which is more than we can say for Andrew Miller.

After walking Curtis Granderson and allowing a base-hit to Alex Rodriguez, Miller struck out Robinson Cano for the only out he would record. Valentine elected to go with Vicente Padilla for the final two outs.

Having allowed just one inherited runner to score all season, the skipper probably felt pretty comfortable with Padilla. Well, on this night it just wasn't in the cards. With one swing of the bat, Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees their lead back, hitting a long triple to the triangle in center to go ahead 8-7.

The Yankees weren't done there though. After Nick Swisher struck out, Raul IbaƱez doubled to score Teixeira from third and end Padilla's night in favor of Scott Atchison. An Eric Chavez single made it 10-7, a lead the Red Sox were never able to fully recover from.

Cody Ross got one back for the home team with an absolute blast over the monster leading off the seventh, but that's all the Red Sox could muster off the Yankees bullpen. There were opportunities in the eighth, but Rafael Soriano was summoned for a four-out save, which he got with ease retiring all four he faced to put it in the books.

Not a good way to start the series, but the Red Sox have a chance to pick up a game today with a double-header. It's pretty close to a must that they win these next three heading into the break. Can the pitching hold up against the potent Yankee lineup?

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