The Boston Red Sox have taken three straight games with another offensive pummeling of the New York Yankees on Saturday. The Red Sox topped the Yanks 13-9 at the end, after having held a 12-3 lead at one time, according to the Boston Globe Sept. 7. Now the Sox look to extend their winning streak to a sweep of their dreaded nemesis at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. One fly in the ointment however, is news that Jacoby Ellsbury needs more tests on his foot, which is now in a protective boot.
The Red Sox offensive included four homers Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, with two by Mike Napoli. The Yankees trailed by nine at one time, but scored four in the sixth to move within five.
But it just wasn't meant to be. Xander Bogaerts hit his first major league homer, a deep two-shot to left center that had his teammates looking up in awe.
The hot 20-year-old prospect Bogaerts also notched two hits, and made a nice barehanded play in the field. Jonny Gomes made his mark when he stroked a three-run homer in the third.
As the Boston Herald reported after the game, today's rout followed the formula set out in the first two games of the series. The Sox pulled out to a big lead, but the Yanks mounted a valiant comeback.
However, with Boston's red-hot bats, the beleaguered New York team just didn't have enough to overtake them. The Sox have won 12 of their last 14 as they extend their lead in the division.
The Red Sox also became the first opposing team in 101 years, going back to the 1911 Cleveland Indians, to score at least nine runs on three consecutive days at Yankee Stadium. Now that's a neat stat.
The one downer today came with the news earlier today that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned to Boston for some tests on his injured right foot. Ellsbury is in a walking boot, according to CBS Sports.
The problem goes back to Ellsbury fouling a ball off the foot on Aug. 28. He'll now undergo an MRI and other tests, as it's still bothering him. Meanwhile, Boston fans are readying their brooms.
Nothing could be much sweeter for a Red Sox, fan besides sweeping the Yankees on their own turf, other than perhaps spoiling their chances at the post-season.