'What we learned': Red Sox’ 3-1 loss to Yankees
NEW YORK -- Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Yankees on Sunday night. . .
1) For David Price, it's a familiar pattern
Just when you think that Price has figured some things out and is headed forward, he stumbles and takes a step back.
When Price tossed eight scoreless innings in his final start of the first half, it signaled that he might, finally, be on a roll.
Alas, that wasn't the case. Again.
Price wasn't horrible in his start against the Yankees. Of the 11 hits he allowed, only three or so were hit particularly hard. A number -- including a few in the fateful fourth inning, when the Yanks scored al three of their runs -- were flares, or just out of the reach of some infielders.
With a better throw from Jackie Bradley Jr., the Sox might have cut down a run at the plate and saved Price some pitches.
But that doesn't alter the fact that Price can't seem to maintain the consistency that aces need to provide.
2) Price even seemed confused about what was ailing him after the game
Price went out of his way to note that he couldn't bury his fastball inside to right-handed hitters, pointing to that as a reason for his struggles.
"Fastball in to righties...I didn't throw a good one the entire game,'' he said. "One hundred-plus pitches, I didn't throw a good fastball into a righty the entire day. And whenever I don't command the pitch on that side of the plate, that causes a lot of problems for (me).''
But while he bemoaned his lack of command against righties, he gave up six hits to lefties, tying a career high in the process.
And much of the damage done against him came from the bottom of the order, with the 6-7-8-9 hitters combining to go 5-for-14 with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI.
Translation: on Sunday night, he had trouble against virtually everybody.
3) The Yankees did a better job taking advantage of their breaks than did the Red Sox
An errant high throw from Jackie Bradley in the fourth enabled the Yankees to score the third run of the inning and keep the inning going, with two baserunners moving up.
Conversely, when Starlin Castro dropped a pop-up by Xander Bogaerts in foul territory in the sixth, the Red Sox got a fresh life.
But Bogaerts then fanned against Masahiro Tanaka for the second out and the Sox went quietly that inning, the final frame for the Yankees starter.