The Boston Red Sox faced their heated rival for the first time this year on Thursday night. New York Yankees new outfield Jacoby Ellsbury faced his old team for the first time as the Yankees cruised by the Red Sox in the first of the four game series 4-1. According to NESN.com on April 11, Red Sox bats were kept silent by the strong pitching performance of Michael Pineda.
The Yankees starting pitcher was solid, holding the Red Sox to just one run and four hits as he led his team to victory. Pineda, once considered among the most promising young pitchers in baseball, showed glimpses of that promise while Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz struggled just a little, but was good overall in his second start this season.
Buchholz surrendered a home run and four runs overall, including an RBI single delivered by his former teammate, Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury erased a little awkwardness, going 1-for-4, with an RBI and a run scored. Although Buchholz was on the losing end, he did feel better on the mound.
“I felt a lot better. I, felt just in, the last five days, the arm strength and everything got a lot better in a five-day span, which usually doesn’t happen that quick. I felt a lot more comfortable with each pitch out there tonight.”
The Red Sox offense had another long night, but Pineda’s performance didn’t come without controversy. The NESN broadcasting team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy noticed a glossy brown substance that looked like pine tar on the Pineda’s pitching hand; a substance the Yankees starter later claimed was dirt.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said he became aware of the substance in the fourth inning, but didn’t alert the umpires but the substance looked to be gone when Pineda returned to the mound in the fifth inning.
Despite the controversy, the Boston bats didn’t remain a concern. The lone run in the game came off a home run by Daniel Nava. Pineda held the Red Sox hitless through the first four innings.
The loss dropped the Red Sox to 4-6 on the season. The team will send ace Jon Lester to the mound Friday night in New York as the team tries to rebound from last night’s loss and Lester will try to get his first win this season.
Notes: Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow worked a perfect seventh inning in his first appearance since coming off the disabled list. His strong outing is good news for the bullpen. Another positive taken from last night’s loss was a great defensive play made by Daniel Nava to along with his home run.