One night after mass hysteria - "HOW COULD WE EVER LET ELLSBURY LEAVE?" - John Lackey dominated the Yankees through 8 innings (the afore-mentioned Ellsbury was 0-4 by the way) as the Red Sox rebounded from Tuesday night's loss with a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox got to work in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs off Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda. Grady Sizemore led off the inning with a triple to right and scored on a single by Dustin Pedroia. Two outs later, AJ Pierzynski singled Pedey home to give Boston a 2-0 lead.
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In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Red Sox manager John Farrell brought the presence of a substance on Pineda's neck, which according to photos shown by the YES network, hadn't been there the previous inning. After examining Pineda's throwing hand and glove, home plate umpire Gerry Davis asked Pineda to turn around and after spotting the substance on his neck, promptly threw him out of the game.
Pineda is expected to be suspended by Major League Baseball for the infraction.
Boston added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning on an RBI ground rule double by Mike Napoli that scored Pedroia, and a wild pitch by Yankees reliever David Phelps that allowed David Ortiz to cross the plate later in the inning. Brock Holt singled home an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th.
Lackey cruised for 8 innings limiting the Yankees to 1 run on 7 hits; he struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter. He threw 84 of his 111 pitches for strikes.
This, of course, was not the first time that Pineda was seen with some kind of substance on his body. Thirteen days earlier against the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium, cameras showed Pineda with something on the palm of his pitching hand. Use of substances like pine tar and resin are commonplace among pitchers throughout baseball (other fielders, too) and the Red Sox didn't mention anything to the umpires that night but Farrell did comment after the game that Pineda might want to be a bit more discreet.
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