We didn’t give you a full analysis of Thursday’s Yankee-Ray match-up. After trailing 12-0 after five innings, the Yankees made a little bit of comeback, but ultimately fell 15-8. Bartolo Colon pitched pretty poorly and probably pitched himself out of a post-season start. 

After Friday’s rain out, the Yankees squared off against Jon Lester on Saturday afternoon. Holding a 2.5 game Wild Card lead with six games to go, Lester came out and gave the Red Sox his worst performance of the year, yielding eight runs in only two innings. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs as the Yankees topped the Sox, 9-1. 

Big Blast By Montero

The most memorable part of the game happened in the second inning. Russell Martin came up with the bases loaded, one out. He hit a fly ball a shallow fly to left field. The Red Sox $142 million left fielder, Mr Crawford, attempted a sliding catch and missed, allowing two Yankee runs to score, making the score 3-0. Jeter homered on the next pitch to make it 6-0.

If Crawford makes that catch, he easily doubles up the base runner at second and it’s a different game. Instead, the Red Sox went on to lose while the Rays won, cutting the Red Sox lead to 1.5 games (2 in the loss column)

These two teams will play a doubleheader today to make up for Friday’s rain out. Expect to see the Yankees final, strong showing today before resting guys as they head to Tampa.

Game 1, 1:05 PM: Tim Wakefield (7-7, 5.08 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (10-11, 5.28 ERA)

**I guarantee that Burnett throws a gem now that the Yankees have locked everything up. 

Game 2, 6:30 PM: John Lackey (12-12, 6.49 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.62 ERA)