Four Real? A Game of Inches as Red Sox drop another to New York 4-13-14

Red Sox drop another m 3-2.

Bronx, New York- Well, you can't say you didn't get your money's worth. The last game of the four game series between New York and Boston had everything; great defense, overturned calls, poor umpiring, injuries, and ejections. When the dust settled, all that mattered was the score, as Boston dropped their third game of four to the Yankees during the weekend series. Here are the four at-bats that changed the game:

1) Top of the second inning and Boston looks to get on the board first versus Ivan Nova. Boston ends up hitting four singles in a row with two outs but can only plate one run in the process. Ryan Roberts and Jackie Bradley record singles and Jon Herrera follows with a single to center field to plate Roberts. Grady Sizemore swings at the first pitch he sees and crushes a ball to left field that lands for a hit. As Bradley runs for home, Brett Gardner comes up throwing and nails him at home to save a run and end the inning. 1-0 Red Sox

2) Bottom of the third and Brett Gardner is on first from a single. Felix Doubront tries to mix it up on Beltran, but he leaves a high changeup that fools no one and Beltran puts it into the first row of seats in left field. 2-1 Yankees.

3) Bottom of the fourth inning, and Doubront walks the first two men he sees. Francisco Cervelli grounds into a double play ball and the Sox turn two to end the inning; or did they? The Yankees challenge the call, saying that Cervelli is safe at first, and they win the call. Brian McCann's run counts and manager John Farrell is outraged. He comes out to argue and is thrown out of the game. 3-1 Yankees.

4) Bottom of the eighth inning, and the Red Sox are down 3-2 after a Mike Napoli homerun. David Ortiz steps up against Matt Thorton, and delivers a powerful blow to right field. The ball is sailing and looks like it will hit the top third of the wall until Ichiro, in full sprint, jumps up to rob Papi of extra bases. David Phelps ends up loading the bases with a Napoli double and walks to Daniel Nava and AJ Pierzynski. Mike Carp does his best to work the count full but swings at a nasty curve to end the threat. 3-2 Yankees.

Boston had plenty of chances to win this game, but missed opportunities, some questionable strikes calls by the umpire, and some great defense made Boston feel like their one run deficit late in the game was so much more.  Boston has tomorrow off and will resume Tuesday in Chicago when Jake Peavy faces rookie Erik Johnson.
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