RED SOX NOTES (70-90)
THE RED SOX dropped the opener of their final series of the season, 3-2, snapping a 2-game winning streak…They were held to 2 runs after combining for 22 runs over their 2 games prior to tonight.
· Rookie starting pitchers ANTHONY RANAUDO, ALLEN WEBSTER, and STEVEN WRIGHT have combined to go 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA (3 ER/19.0 IP) over the last 3 games…The Red Sox started 7 rookies total, including the starting pitcher, in each of those 3 games.
· Tonight was BOS’ 56th game this season decided by 1 run with the team going 28-28 in those games.
STEVEN WRIGHT did not allow an earned run (2 R) over 5.0 innings in the longest start of his career, but took his 1st loss of the year…He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
· Wright joined Rubby De La Rosa (7.0 IP, 0 R on 5/31) as the only Red Sox’ starters since 2011 to throw at least 5.0 innings without allowing an earned run in their 1st career start at Fenway Park.
· He has allowed 1 or no earned runs in 5 of his 6 appearances this season, posting a 2.57 ERA (6 ER/21.0 IP) overall.
YOENIS CÉSPEDES, 1-for-4 tonight, extended his hitting streak to 6 straight games beginning on 9/19…In that time, he is hitting .333 (9-for-27) with a double, home run, 3 RBI, and 4 runs.
· In 23 career games against the Yankees, he is batting .295 (26-for-88) with 2 doubles, a triple, 6 homers, 13 RBI, and 17 runs.
RUSNEY CASTILLO clubbed his 2nd home run in as many nights with a solo homer in the 7th inning…He has driven in at least 1 run in each of his last 3 games (.400, 4-for-10, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R) and has multiple hits in consecutive games for the 1st time in his career…He became the 1st BOS player to homer in back-to-back games since David Ortiz from 9/19-20.
· Castillo went 2-for-3 and stole a base, his 2nd stolen base in as many attempts in the major leagues.
BRYCE BRENTZ went 1-for-3 and drove in the Red Sox’ 1st run of the game…He has hit safely in each of his 4 starts with BOS this season, going 6-for-16 (.375) with 2 RBI in those games.
HEATH HEMBREE tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, his 1st multiple-inning stint since going throwing a career-high 4.0 shutout frames on 8/9 at LAA.
YANKEES NOTES (83-77)
THE YANKEES won their 2nd straight game, earning their 7th win in their last 10 contests since 9/17…They have defeated Boston in 5 of their last 6 meetings starting on 8/2, and are 11-6 against the club overall this season.
· This marked the Yankees’ 52nd 1-run game of the season, with a 28-24 record in those contests.
· Manager Joe Girardi used his 28th challenge of the season when Yoenis Cespedes was called safe at 2nd base on a base hit to LF in the 1st inning…The call was overturned for NYY’s 23rd sucessful challenge of the year (3 confirmed, 2 stood as called).
CHRIS CAPUANO earned his 3rd win of the season, and 2nd as a member of the Yankees…He matched a season high by tossing 6.2 innings (also 8/6 vs. DET), and allowed just 1 run (0 ER) on 4 hits and no walks…It marked his 3rd start since joining New York without allowing an earned run (1st since 9/15 at TB), and his 4th without issuing a walk (1st since 8/24 vs. CWS).
· Over his last 3 starts beginning on 9/15, he has posted a 1.96 ERA (4 ER/18.1 IP) and held opponents to a .172 AVG (11-for-64).
· Capuano allowed his 1st stolen base of the season when Rusney Castillo swiped 2B in the 5th inning…Before tonight, he had not allowed a stolen base since 8/25/13 vs. BOS while with LAD (Jacoby Ellsbury).
FRANCISCO CERVELLI went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run, and drove in the Yankees’ 1st run of the game on a 3rd-inning single…Since being recalled from the 60-day DL on 6/17, he is hitting .306 (38-for-124) with 10 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, and 12 RBI.
· Cervelli reached base 3 times, matching a season high for the 4th time (1st since 7/26 vs. TOR).