CC Sabathia gave up a three-run home run to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth inning and Tyler Clippard gave up a go-ahead solo homer to Ramirez in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees got swept by the Boston Red Sox in a 5-4 loss on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Read more
- Ramirez went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. His solo homer off Clippard broke a 4-4 tie.
- Sabathia made a throwing error on a Mookie Betts lineout that prolonged the fifth inning. With two on and two out, Ramirez hit a three-run home run to cut the Yankees' lead to 4-3.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single in the sixth inning off Sabathia to tie the game at 4.
- Sabathia gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
- Gary Sanchez went 3 for 5 with a solo home run.
- Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Sanchez's home run in the third inning made it 2-0.
- Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes grounded into run-scoring fielder's choices in the fourth inning to make it 4-0.
- Drew Pomeranz allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The Yankees' inability to put away the Red Sox with tack on runs, coupled with Yankees' manager Joe Girardi's ill-advised moves (and non-moves) with his relievers contributed to a devastating series sweep.
Entering the series with the Red Sox, it was apparent the Yankees needed to keep up with Boston's offense, which averages over six runs per game. The Yankees managed to generate leads of at least three runs in three of the four games, but never tacked on runs late. Instead, the Red Sox chipped away and then came through with major blows using timely hitting.
The offense was partially to blame, but Girardi's bullpen management has to be called into question. Girardi thoroughly botched Thursday's affair, pulling Masahiro Tanaka at just 93 pitches through seven innings and then going to an exhausted Dellin Betances to try an close out the game. Sunday, Girardi left Sabathia to pitch the sixth inning after he allowed a laser-beam home run to Ramirez the previous inning. Sabathia coughed up three straight singles and yet another lead.
The Yankees are off Monday and begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.94 ERA) faces Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.98 ERA) in the opener.