The New York Yankees were defeated by the Boston Red Sox by a score of 9-6 on Friday afternoon. John Lackey got the win for the Red Sox and Bartolo Colon picked up the loss for the Yankees, despite dramatically outperforming Yankee starter Phil Hughes. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 4-3 on the young season.

Not so Good, Phil (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Recap

Phil Hughes got roughed up pretty hard today. Granted, Sox starter John Lackey did not do much better:

IP H R ER K BB
Hughes 2 7 6 6 0 2
Lackey 5 7 6 6 2 2

One thing that was very noticeable about Hughes’ struggles was his velocity. He was barely touching 90 on the radar gun, when last year he was able to reach 94-95 on a regular basis. The weather was not perfect (high 40s and windy), but it still should have been warm enough for Hughes to get comfortable. Regardless, the Yankee offense was able to make up for their starter’s deficiencies. The offense knocked two doubles, a triple, and a home run (A-Rod’s 3rd of the year) off of John Lackey to keep the Yanks in the ballgame.

Bartolo Colon came in to stop the damage and did just that. He retired the first seven Red Sox he faced. He went 4.1 innings, three of them perfect, as he allowed two runs on one hit while striking out five. However, Boone Logan failed to get the two lefty sluggers (David Ortiz and JD Drew) out and the Red Sox expanded their lead to 9-6 and never looked back.

Key Stats

3000 Watch: With Jeet’s 1 for 4 performance, the career hit total sits at 2,932. Derek Jeter is now tied in 32rd place on the all-time hits list with Willie Keeler, a right fielder for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Highlanders with 2,932.

616: A-Rod’s laser home run over the Green Monster in the top of the fifth inning was his 616th career home run, pushing him closer to Ken Griffey Jr. at 630.

Our Old Friend: Alfredo Aceves relieved John Lackey today for the Red Sox in the sixth inning. Ace was an integral part of the 2009 World Series team and he will always be a Yankee in my eyes. Today, he went one scoreless inning for the enemy. We miss you, Al.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will play the Red Sox tomorrow in a matinee performance. The game can be viewed on YES or NESN.

1:10 PM, YES/NESN: Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (0-1, 5.68 ERA)