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The latest installment in the greatest rivalry in baseball got off to a sour note for the Boston Red Sox. CC Sabathia silenced the Red Sox bats all day, while Eduardo Rodriguez struggled to keep the Yankee offense in the park. In all, the Boston Red Sox dropped the series opener, 7-1.
Boston Red Sox Drop Series Opener, Lose 8-1
The New York Yankees took the early lead in the Red Sox after rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres took Eduardo Rodriguez to deep center for a leadoff triple. In a controversial move, manager Alex Cora called to play the infield in, despite being just the second inning.
The decision backfired, as third baseman Miguel Andujar hit a weak pop up just past the infield dirt. While this would normally be an easy out, Eduardo Nunez couldn’t cover enough ground to make the play. The pop up dropped between Nunez, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Yankees took a 1-0 lead.
The game truly got out of hand after the fourth inning. After starting out the inning with a walk to Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius launched a double to the right-center gap, setting up runners at second and third. Torres then followed that up with a sacrifice fly, bringing Stanton home to make it a 2-0 game.
The wheels officially fell off the wagon when Miguel Andujar stepped into the plate. While his first at-bat featured a weak pop-up, this time up he absolutely crushed the ball. The third baseman launched a bomb over the left field wall to make it a 4-0 game. First baseman Greg Bird followed that up with a solo shot of his own, and the Sox quickly found themselves down 5-0.
Eddie managed to go all the way through the sixth inning, but the damage was already done. The Sox offense couldn’t get much of anything going against CC Sabathia and the Yankee bullpen and couldn’t overcome the terrible fourth inning.
The lone bright spot to Friday night’s match was newly acquired first baseman Steve Pearce. The lefty specialist made a positive impression in his Red Sox debut, recording a double and a single. Pearce has performed well against lefties in the past and plays first base and the outfield. He should have a big role moving forward.
While this loss was ugly, it’s just one game. The Red Sox will have their chance to enact revenge tomorrow afternoon when Rick Porcello takes on Sonny Gray. Make sure to check Red Sox Unfiltered for all the best Red Sox coverage and analysis.