FINAL: (3-6) RED SOX- 2; (6-1) YANKEES- 5; WP: NELSON; LP: GODLEY
The Red Sox dropped their second consecutive game to the Yankees on Saturday night. While the Yankees did not score after the second inning, the difference proved to be the five early runs scored by the Bronx Bombers. The Boston bats stayed quiet and the Red Sox remain firmly in last place in the AL East.
The Bullpen: When the Sox fell behind 5-0 in the second inning, the game felt finised. However, once starter Zack Godley left the game, Boston pitching did not allow any more runs, giving the offense a chance to come back. Chris Mazza, Ryan Brasier, and Josh Osich combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, conceding only two hits while striking out 6 men.
Zack Godley: Starting pitching continues to be the Sox greatest weakness. After four innings of scoreless relief earlier in the week, Godley was given his first start. He lasted just 3.1 innings allowing five runs on six hits with two walks. The home runs were the death-punch for Godley, with the first run scoring on an Aaron Judge blast, and the other four on a grand slam by Gio Urshela.
Something needs to change with the Sox lineup. Benintentdi was hitless again out of the leadoff spot, bringing his average down to .083 for the season. Boston’s three through five hitters went a combined 2-12 with Xander Bogaerts providing the team’s only extra base hit, and two RBIs for the night. Plate dicipline was also an issue for the Sox again, with a K/BB ratio of 12/4.
Saturday’s MVP is easily Gio Urshela. The most meaningful hit in this game came from New York’s third baseman with a second inning grand slam. Those fourruns proved to be all the support Yankees pitching needed to lock down the win against Boston.