On Sunday night, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox found themselves in a back-and-forth affair that didn’t end until nearly one in the morning. A seventh-inning rally brought the Yankees back into the game after falling behind, but the bat of Mike Napoli ended things in the 11th late at Fenway Park. This was the rubber match of a three-game series between the American League East rivals and a heartbreaker for the ailing Yankees.
C.C Sabathia was less than impressive for the Yankees, giving up seven earned runs in just five innings. He hasn’t been pitching like the ace that the Yankees need, and tonight was a game that they would’ve won had he come through for them. Sabathia was given an early three-run cushion after a strong first inning from the top of the Yankees lineup. Yet he struggled with his command and left too many pitches up in the zone for hitters to pounce on. A seven-run hitting spree came as a result.
Sunday’s loss hurts the Yankees, pushing them back another game in a competitive division race. But they don’t have much time to worry about that. They start a four-game series with the Texas Rangers on Monday night. The road ahead doesn’t give them time to mull over losses, but it does pressure them to manufacture wins against good teams.
Following a series in Texas, the Yankees will come back home to host the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the hottest teams in baseball. If they’re going to have any chance of staying alive down the stretch, they’ll need to get healthy and start getting better production in many areas. Additionally, they’ll need to do a better job holding onto early leads. Sunday night they failed to do so, and a big series slipped away from them.