The Yankees fell behind early and failed to come all the way back, falling to the Red Sox for the second straight day, this time 7-4 on Friday night. Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...
- Starter Luis Cessa lasted five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out just one but walked none.
- The Red Sox got off to a quick start against Cessa, with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez driving in runs with singles in the first inning.
- Ramirez added a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second long ball of the series.
- Gary Sanchez got the Yankees back into the game with a two-run double off the Green Monster.
- Bostson added two runs in the sixth off relievers James Pazos and Jonathan Holder.
- Billy Butler blasted a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth inning to pull the Yankees within three.
- Mason Williams went 2-for-3, the only Yankee to produce a multi-hit game.
The Yankees put together a nice and unexpected run after trading away their best players and calling up a handful of rookies to gain some valuable experience over the season's final two months. Their recent performance (losing three in a row and five of their last six games) directly following a seven-game winning streak is more indicative of what many expected once the calendar turned to August.
The Yankees might rebound and stay close in the Wild Card race, but the focus for the organization should be to provide game action for anyone they feel will stick with the club into the 2017 season. Players not in the future plans should not see the field and if the Yankees manage to win games, it is a bonus. In doing this, the front office will have a better understanding of what holes they'll need to plug this offseason.
The Yankees look to get back on track at Fenway Park tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 6.14 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and will oppose LHP David Price (16-8, 3.81 ERA).