It was another frustrating loss for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. The Red Sox offense again struggled due to the strong pitching performance of New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova as the Sox dropped 3 of 4 to the Yankees in a 3-2 loss at Yankee Stadium. According to Boston.com on April 13, the frustrations were compounded even more by ejection of manager John Farrell.
Even with the Yankees making baserunning blunders in the first, which prevented them from scoring, the Sox offense was held at bay by Nova. The Yankees young pitcher held the Sox to just a couple of run-scoring opportunities. One of which came in the second inning, as Ryan Roberts scored on an RBI single delivered by Jonathan Herrera. But Boston’s brief lead only lasted half an inning as Carlos Beltran belted a two-run homer off of Sox starter Felix Doubront giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
The home team eventually extended the lead to 3-1, but that third run came with controversy. After umpires used a video replay to reverse what would’ve been an inning-ending double play ball off the bat of Francisco Cervelli, allowing Brian McCann to score, John Farrell made his disagreement with the call known. The umpires, in return, made their displeasure with Farrell know, ejecting the manager from the game. After the game, Farrell discussed the call and the inconsistency of replay.
“We felt it was clear that the replay was inconclusive. The frustrating part is, when this was rolled out and explained to us, particularly on the throw to the first baseman, we were instructed that when the ball enters the glove – not that it has to hit the back of the glove – is where the out is deemed complete. At the same time, any angle that we looked at, you couldn’t tell that the foot was on the bag behind Mike Napoli’s leg. So, where this became conclusive is a hard pill to swallow. On the heels of yesterday, it’s hard to have any faith in the system, to be honest with you.”
The controversial call ended up delivering the game-winning run for the Yankees. Mike Napoli led off the sixth inning with a solo homerun that pulled the Red Sox within a run, trailing 3-2. But Nova showed toughness by retiring the final seven hitters he faced. Despite the loss, Doubront had a strong outing for the Sox (6.2 innings, 3 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 2K). But again, the Boston bats were silent as they have been through most of the 13 games played so far.
Notes: The Red Sox fell to last place with the loss. The team is now 5-8 and head to Chicago to begin a three-game series with the White Sox. News was good concerning closer Koji Uehara, but the team still has concerns about All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia who missed Sunday night’s game because of his left wrist. Pedroia was sent back to Boston for tests.