After seven long west coast games against Oakland and Seattle, the Red Sox looked tired and punchless after a travel off-day and fell to 2-6 on the road trip.
Boston could not string together multiple hits in this one and three home runs for New York was plenty enough for a Yankees victory.
Brandon Workman returned from suspension for his first outing since June 15. It was also his first start against the Yankees in his career. He pitched 7 innings and gave up four runs, throwing 108 pitches. It was his longest outing of the season and also the most runs he has given up. He pitched pretty well besides a few bad pitches, but did not get any support from the rest of his team.
The road has not been kind to Boston this month, as they are 4-13 away from Fenway Park in the month of June. On this road trip, they have hit a poor .217 while only scoring 2.9 runs per game.
The team's road record falls to 16-25 with this defeat.
After two more games against New York on Saturday and Sunday, Boston will have a plethora of home contests, which is certainly going to be a welcome sight for a struggling road team. The Sox begin a 10-game homestand starting on Monday against the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox.
Tough Fourth Inning For Workman
Coming into the fourth inning, the Yankees led 1-0 after a Mark Teixeira sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Sox got one baserunner in the first, second, and third inning, but stranded all three of them. The third inning was not an easy one for Workman.
In the third, Kelly Johnson led off with a walk and Brett Gardner sacrificed him over to second with a bunt. These two would do some damage later on. Derek Jeter hit a single to left to give the Yankees first and third with one out. Old friend (or enemy? depends on who you ask) Jacoby Ellsbury walked to load the bases and it looked like it could get out of hand very fast. Workman struck out Teixeira on a nasty curveball and Carlos Beltran grounded out to first to end the threat with no runs.
After getting out of that jam, Workman ran into more trouble in the fourth.
Brian McCann was at first base with two outs after a single. Johnson came up and despite only hitting .225 and driving out four homers all year, he cranked a fastball over the wall in right to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. New York would not be content with just a three-run lead. Next batter was Gardner and he blasted a homer to right as well to make it 4-0.
Vidal Nuno Dominant
Nuno retired 10 straight Red Sox between the third and sixth inning after giving up two hits in the first three innings. He walked David Ortiz with two outs in the sixth and manager Joe Girardi had seen enough. Nuno was pulled after 5.2 innings, but he certainly did his job, shutting out Boston and only allowing two hits. He had two walks and five strikeouts. This was impressive considering he entered the game with a 1-4 record and 5.88 ERA.
The best chance for Boston to score was in that sixth inning. After 6'8" monster reliever Dellin Betances relieved Nuno, he immediately walked Mike Napoli. With two on and two out, Daniel Nava grounded a ball to third and it hit the third base bag, but Johnson still grabbed it and tagged third for a force out. This was the furthest any Sox batter got in this game.
Yankees Pile On
The four runs was plenty for New York, but McCann wanted to make sure Boston really had no chance to come back. Facing Craig Breslow in the eighth, McCann absolutely crushed a pitch into the second deck in right field. This was the Yankees' third homer of the day and it gave them a comfortable 6-0 lead. This would be the final score.
What Can't This Guy Do?
Brock Holt has been amazing for Boston this season and he continued tonight, even though the rest of his team didn't play along.
In addition to a double and a walk, he made two great defensive plays in the field.
The first was an impressive jumping catch at the wall to rob Brian Roberts of a home run. Check it out.
His second highlight reel was a diving catch in the eighth inning. Click the link for this video.
NotesBefore the game, the Yankees honored former Red Sox manager of productions/game operations at Fenway Park, Jack Lanzillotti, who was killed in a crash last week. Xander Bogaerts is 2 for his last 32. This is the seventh time Boston has been shut out this season. The game lasted less than three hours, a rare feat for Boston-New York. Saturday's pitching matchup is a great one: Jon Lester (8-7, 3.14) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (11-2, 2.11). The game is at 7:15 pm on Fox.