The first two were hard to swallow. This one was just flat out embarrassing. Even when the offense tried to make a game of it, the reality of this 13-9 loss to the Red Sox was impossible to escape. Now the Yankees need a win tomorrow to simply avoid a series sweep that would wipe out all of the good work done in the first six games of this pivotal home stand. The pitching simply hasn’t done the job.
David Huff started because the Yankees had lost faith in Phil Hughes, and Huff allowed eight runs without getting through the fourth inning. Jim Miller was called up because the bullpen was so devastatingly thin, and Miller let Huff’s final base runner score, then gave up three runs of his own. Never mind that the Yankees scored six runs in the final four innings to put up a fight. The fact is, the Yankees have scored at least eight runs in each of these three games, but offense is hardly their problem these days.
In those same three games, the Yankees have used 14 different pitchers and the only ones not charged with at least one run have been Cesar Cabral (who faced one batter), Dave Robertson (who’s been hurt for two of the three games) and Matt Daley (who pitched one inning of mopup work). Brett Marshall was nearly on that list, but his strong afternoon finally included a run in his fourth inning of work. It’s a very different scenario, but in terms of a demoralizing series, it’s easy to look back at the Yankees well documented 1978 series sweep at Fenway. During that Boston Massacre, the Yankees scored 42 runs in four days. The Red Sox have already scored 34 runs in three games, and they’re one win away from a demoralizing sweep of their own.
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