I love baseball because of games like this. Through five innings the Red Sox looked like they were on their way to their 8,713th consecutive victory against the Yankees (give or take). Bartolo Colon had looked sharp, but he couldn’t finish. He left after just 4.2 innings, with the Yankees trailing 2-0. He allowed runs to score on a Jacoby Ellsbury double and a David Ortiz home run.
Boone Logan took over after that, and got a critical strike out of Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth. After that, the momentum shifted. There was no big hit in this game. Instead, the Yankees slowly chipped away at Jon Lester in the sixth. First, Curtis Granderson drove in a run on a single, making it 3-2. Then, Robinson Cano hit into a double play but a run scored, tying the game. After that, Nick Swisher gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead on a legit double, perhaps the only hard hit ball of the inning.
The Yankee bullpen took care of the game after that. Boone Logan and Cory Wade combined to finish the sixth. Rafael Soriano was perfect in the seventh and David Robertson was perfect in the eighth. Only Mariano Rivera allowed a hit in the ninth, as the Yankees went on to win 3-2 to take sole possession of first place.
After tonight’s nail biter, CC Sabathia takes the mound Saturday against John Lackey. The game starts at 4pm on Fox. It’s hard not to feel good about the Bombers right now, who’ve won eight straight without Alex Rodriguez.
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