The Boston Red Sox went into Yankee Stadium on Tuesday with a two-game lead over New York. They left tied in the AL East standings, with the Yankees holding a one-game lead in the loss column and a slight lead in percentage points, slipping the Sox into third place.
Manager Alex Cora had an optimistic but honest reaction to the Red Sox’ double-header loss to the Yankees on Tuesday, in which Boston scored just three runs over the two seven-inning games and were shut out in the night game. You can watch Cora’s reaction in the video above.
“It was a tough day overall,” Cora said. “Obviously, to come here and lose both games – yeah, we were in it – but we didn’t do much offensively today. I think we pitched really well the whole day. Obviously, the walks in the first [game] put us in a bad spot, in [the second] game Nate [Eovaldi] was outstanding.
“We expect to win games like this. We put together some good at-bats, but most of them they were empty at-bats, and that’s why we lost the game.”
The Red Sox offense mustered just five hits and left nine runners stranded on base in the night game. Yankees starter Luis Gil escaped without allowing a run, despite pitching just 4.2 innings and walking four batters, plus three hits.
New York now has a chance to sweep the truncated three-game series on Wednesday. Boston’s Nick Pivetta takes on Yankees trade deadline addition Andrew Heaney in the series finale.