The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox tonight by a score of 3-2. By no means was it a pretty win, but you know what? The Yankees just won their eighth straight game, and are now in sole-possession of first place in the American League East and American League with a 69-42 record. 

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Recap

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

Colon

4.2

6

2

2

6

1

Lester

6

5

3

3

7

4

 

As I said, tonight’s game certainly was not pretty, but the Yankees gritted out a win to take first. They only managed five hits, one of which was a double. However, they were able to draw five walks and take tonight’s game from Jon Lester, the Sox ace. He was spotted a two run lead, one from a solo home run from David Ortiz and another from a double from Jacoby Ellsbury, who cannot seem to get out.

The pitching tonight was a tale of two stories. On one hand, we had Bartolo Colon’s incredibly mediocre performance, which will keep many Yankee fans up tonight, myself included, with the thought of him starting Game 3 of a playoff series. The other hand? The pure dominance of the Yankee bullpen. Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Rafael Soriano, D-Rob, and Mo had this combined stat-line: 4.1 innings pitched, two hits, no runs, six strikeouts, no walks. That suddenly makes Bartolo’s line look much more tolerable. All around, a win is a win, right?

What’s Next?

The Big Stoppa will take the mound looking for his 17th win. If that doesn’t get you excited, at least tune in to hear Joe Buck.

4:10 PM, FOX. CC Sabathia (16-5, 2.55 ERA) vs. John Lackey (9-8, 6.32 ERA)