August 22, 2009

Rookie Tazawa shuts out Yanks in blowout

Less than 24 hours after outslugging the Red Sox (70-52) in a game that saw 31 runs scored, the Yankees (77-46) fell to the Red Sox and Junichi Tazawa 14-1.

Quick ‘Cap:
A.J. Burnett’
s woes at Fenway Park continued in his 2009 campaign, as the Red Sox tagged him for seven runs in the first two innings. Burnett lasted five innings, but Alfredo Aceves and David Robertson weren’t any better.

Nick Swisher was the only bright spot for the Yanks. He came a triple short of the cycle and was responsible for the only Yankee run on an opposite field homer to lead off the seventh.

A few offensive notes for the Red Sox:

  • Thirteen of their 14 runs were scored with two out.
  • Eleven of their 15 hits went for extra bases.
  • Kevin Youkilis led the team with six RBI and 10 total bases.
  • The Red Sox lead the total scoring in this series 25-21, despite the Yankees posting a season-high 20 runs last night.

Full box score here.

I hate to place the blame on someone, but I just have to put this on the Fox Network. The Yankees have been outscored 89-40 in eight games this season, and have lost six of those eight, according to PeteAbe.

However, I guess some of the blame has to be placed on Burnett. He used to be lights out at Fenway Park, but this season he has allowed 20 earned runs in 12-2/3 IP in Boston.

Line of the Night:
Tazawa: 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. That’s extremely impressive for a guy who gave up a 15th inning, walk-off homer to Alex Rodriguez a couple of weeks ago.

Up Next:
Sunday night’s stage is set. A rubber match between the co-leaders in wins this season: CC Sabathia (14-7, 3.58) and Josh Beckett (14-4, 3.38).

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