The Yankees’ woes against their archrivals continued Wednesday night, as the Bombers fell to the Red Sox for the sixth straight time — and seventh in eight contests — getting blown out by a score of 11-6. A.J. Burnett was terrible, putting the Yankees in a 3-0 hole before they came to bat for a second straight game — though he wasn’t exactly helped out by two Francisco Cervelli throwing errors — and lasting 5.2 innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks. I know it’s just a coincidence, but it’s rather unfortunate that two Yankee starters wound up having their respective worst starts of the season on back-to-back days against the Red Sox.
The Sox put seven runs on the board before the Yankees finally broke through in the 4th, as Alex Rodriguez launched a solo shot off Tim Wakefield. The Yanks would add three more in the fifth and one in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early hole they found themselves in for the second straight night. A Boone Logan inherited runner and home runs by Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew off Lance Pendleton in the ninth put the game way out of reach.
At this point the comparison to the way the Yankees started out against Boston in 2009 is becoming eerier and eerier, although at least the Yankees have a win against the Red Sox this season. Still, 1-7 isn’t all that much better than 0-8. Also, that 0-8 start only included two losses at home; the Yankees have already dropped five home games to Boston this season.
Similar to 2009, it’s still far too early to get terribly up-in-arms about the fact that the Yankees have gotten their asses handed to them by the Sox six ways from Sunday; there’s still plenty of baseball left and we know the Yankees aren’t as bad as Boston has made them look. That being said, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still absurdly frustrating to repeatedly lose to your top foe, especially in games that really haven’t been all that close. Thankfully they come right back and do it again tonight, and one win gets the Yankees right back into a tie for first place.
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