The title says it all. The Red Sox topped the Yankees, 7-5 to complete the sweep. With the loss, the Yankees have now lost five straight games and nine of their last ten. This marks the first time that the Red Sox have swept a series in the Bronx since April 24, 2004. The loss drops the Yankee record to 20-18 while the Red Sox touch .500 for the first time, posting a 20-20 record.

Ground ball through A-Rod's wickets

 

Recap

Teams live and die with their starting pitching and tonight, Freddy Garcia didn’t give the Yankees a shot to win. Sporting a 4-1 lead in the third inning, Garcia gave up a three-run home run to Kevin Youkilis to knot the score at four. Garcia was only able to give the Yankees 5.1 innings, yielding five runs on six hits. The Yankee bullpen and defense wasn’t able to keep the game close. Joba Chamberlain gave up a solo shot to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a costly A-Rod fielding error allowed the Red Sox to plate another run.

On offense, the Yankees were able to muster four runs on five hits in six innings against Boston ace, Jon Lester. Both Andruw Jones and Curtis Granderson homered in the loss. Nick Swisher continues to disappoint in the big spot, striking out in the seventh inning of a 6-5 game with two runners on.

Side Note

The Yankees have now dropped five of six at home. I said earlier last week that the Yankees should go 5-1 this week. However, the Royals came in and won 2 of 3 while the Red Sox swept the Bombers to move to .500. The Yankees hit the road this week for two games in Tampa and two games in Baltimore before coming home for three against the Little Brother. The Yankees need to start playing with some emotion.

As for Jorge Posada, he’s a long-time Bomber so he gets a pass for yesterday. It can’t happen again, but he’s clearly frustrated that he’s not helping the team. Good to see him get an AB in the eighth.

Key Stats

May 2009: This five-game losing streak marks the longest streak since May 2009.

.221: The Yankees are hitting .221 this season with runners in scoring position.

What’s Next?

The Yankees head to the airport and head for Florida to take on the Rays Monday night.

6:40 PM: AJ Burnett (4-2, 3.38 ERA) vs. David Price (5-3, 3.12 ERA)