In the final day of a four-game wrap-around series, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees by a score of 2-1. Jon Lester picked up the win for the Sox and Phil Hughes picked up the loss for the Yanks. I’m refusing to write who got the save, so don’t even bother looking for it. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 69-42 on the season. They are now 1.5 games up on the Tampa Bay Rays and 6 games up on the Boston Red Sox.

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Initial Reaction:

Although the Yankees didn’t come out on top in this one, it was still a real treat to watch. Both Phil Hughes and Jon Lester brought their A-games to the mound today. The one difference was Phil’s rough first two innings that gave the Red Sox the only two runs they would need on the day.

P. Hughes 6.0 IP 2 ER 6 H 3 K 1 BB 0 HR
J. Lester 6.1 IP 0 ER 4 H 6 K 3 BB 0 HR

As you can see, both starters were very effective today, but Lester was victorious. He recorded ten outs before allowing his first of four hits. Yankees fans may panic, but despite David Price’s hot first-half, I still believe Jon Lester is the best AL lefty that isn’t nicknamed “The Big Stoppa”.

Positives From The Game:

Text Message!: The last game I covered on August 3rd, Mark Teixeira hit a bomb into the right field bleachers. What did he do today? Hit a bomb into the right field bleachers, of course. This produced the only Yankee run of the day, and it is Mark’s 26th homer of the season.

The Pen, Again: Ever since Joe Girardi opened up the eighth inning role to whoever deserves it, the Yankees bullpen has been nothing short of fantastic. Kerry Wood, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain all combined for a three-inning no hitter to close down the Red Sox offense.

Negatives From The Game:

But the hitting…: Everything up until this point in the article paints a somewhat positive picture; until this. The Yankee offense was downright awful today, going 6-33 (.182) off of the Sox pitchers. Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson went 0-12 in the losing effort.

Interesting Facts:

Jacoby Ellsbury tied a Red Sox record with four stolen bases on four attempts. Guess Jorgie was snoozing behind the plate today, in his third straight game starting behind the dish.

Joba Chamberlain’s Last 7 Appearances: 7.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 0 performances that make you want to bash your television. Keep up the good work, Joba.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will travel to the Lone Star State to take on the AL West-dominating Texas Rangers in a two-game series. The game can be seen on MY9 at 8:10 PM.

Projected Starters:

AJ Burnett (9-9, 4.93 ERA) vs. CJ Wilson (10-5, 3.30 ERA)