After losing twice to the New York Yankees in games one and two of a three game series held at Yankee Stadium this week, the Boston Red Sox needed something good to happen. The Yankees had won 18 out of their last 19 games, eight in a row, and were looking for a sweep ahead of the game. The Red Sox had a totally different idea, and they showed just that by racing out to a four run lead.
But that wasn’t the end of the game, not by a long shot. The Yankees would respond with four runs in the seventh inning to tie the game up, and now the Red Sox were under pressure. Boston had, at one stage of the season, been up by 7.5 games over their hated rivals, and they have now seen that disappear in the first two games of this series as the Yankees tied and then went ahead in the standings.
So to say that the Sox needed something to go for them is an understatement at best. It is early days, and it is a regular season meeting of teams that still will play a dozen more times throughout the long, arduous season, but the Red Sox had to stop some of the bleeding. They would do just that by getting the go-ahead home run from J.D. Martinez to make it 5-4 and get them a much-needed victory.
So, what’s the significance of all of this? We know there is still a ton of baseball to play, and that nothing is decided not. Furthermore, it’s not the end of the world for the Yankees, of course, to have won two of three games and drawn level with the Red Sox. But it is a big deal for the Bostoners. They had what should have been a comfortable lead in their hands once again, and their bullpen nearly conspired to give it up but for an eighth inning reply. That’s the issue for them currently, and they must address that in order to remain within touching distance of the still smoldering Yankees.