CHRISTIAN VAZQUEZ

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Christian Vazquez's HR leads the Sox
to a series sweep over the Yankees

May 1, 2016 ... Christian Vazquez hit a home run that was last seen flying over Lansdowne Street. His two-run blast off fearsome Dellin Betances was the difference as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-7, to finish a three-game sweep of their rivals.

In the seventh inning, Betances came into a 6-6 game with Brock Holt on first. Betances went with a 97-mile-per-hour fastball right down the middle. Vazquez was ready and launched it over everything for the second home run of his career. As much as the crowd erupted, so did the dugout.

The game was played with rain falling throughout, particularly heavy in the early innings, but the teams combined for 23 hits.

Red Sox starter David Price allowed six runs but improved to 4-0. Craig Kimbrel finished the Yankees off for his eighth save before a non-sellout crowd of 34,279. The Red Sox twice gave Price leads he could not hold.

Mookie Betts singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning against Nathan Eovaldi, took second on a single, and scored on a fielder’s choice.

Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in a run in the third inning. With two outs, Alex Rodriguez unloaded on a fastball and ball landed in the Monster Seats between the light tower and flagpole. It was Rodriguez’s fifth home run of the season, the second in the series.

The Red Sox came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead again. Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts singled before Ortiz drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases. Hanley Ramirez grounded a single up the middle and two runs scored. With two outs, Holt singled to center field and Ortiz scored a split-second before Ramirez was thrown out going to third. The Yankees challenged the play but the call was confirmed.

Price gave up three more runs in the fifth. He hit Ellsbury with a pitch then walked Brett Gardner on four pitches, two events that defined his overall lack of fastball command. This time Rodriguez belted a two-run double off the wall in center. Mark Teixeira followed with an RBI single.

The Sox tied the game in the bottom of the inning. With Ramirez on first, Travis Shaw drilled a first-pitch curveball deep into the right field seats for his third home run.

Eovaldi, who had taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning of previous start, allowed six runs on 10 hits over six innings.

Price retired the final eight batters he faced to keep the game tied. When Rodriguez came to the plate in the seventh inning, Farrell went to the mound for a chat and decided to leave Price in the game. Rodriguez grounded out.

Price has allowed five or more earned runs in three of his six starts this season. That happened twice all of 2015. The $217 million lefthander also has pitched poorly at Fenway Park. Over four starts and 22 2/3 innings, Price has allowed 21 earned runs on 27 hits. His earned run average on the season is 6.14.

At 15-10, the Red Sox are five games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. They have won seven of eight games to move into first place in the American League East. It was their first series sweep of the Yankees since September 2013. 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

3

0

3

0

0

1

0

 

 

7

9

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

3

0

2

0

2

0

x

 

 

8

14

0

 

 

W-David Price (4-0)
S-Craig Kimbrel (8)
L-Ivan Nova  (1-1)
Attendance - 34,279

 2B-Ellsbury (2)(NY), Castro (NY), Bogaerts (Bost)

 HR-ARod (NY), Shaw (Bost), Vazquez (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 1 1 .263  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 1 3 .324  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 3 .306  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 1 .317  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 1 1 .283  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 4 1 2 .322  

 

Brock Holt lf 3 1 1 .268  

 

Christian Vazquez c 4 1 1 .225  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 0 1 .274  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

David Price 7 8 6 1 3  

 

Koji Uehara 1 1 1 1 2  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

15

10

-

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

14 10 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

12 14 3

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

11 13 3

 

 

New York Yankees

8 15 5 1/2