On a cold and rainy night in The Bronx, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were set to begin a three-game series that has the potential to dramatically change the tides of the American League East. With a decent series, the Red Sox could propel themselves into the conversation of the best teams in all of baseball. Conversely, the Yankees desperately need to perform this series or their season could already be lost.
The Red Sox sent their best pitcher so far this season to the mound in Rick Porcello. Whether it was from the weather or Porcello just having an off-night, he looked very shaky to start the game. However, after allowing runs in the first and second inning, Porcello settled in. However, after a questionable call from Red Sox skipper John Farrel to keep Porcello in the game to start the seventh inning, on Porcello's 98th pitch he surrendered a solo home run to right fielder Aaron Hicks to make it a 3-2 game in favor of the Yankees.
While this was demoralizing, the Red Sox continued to put the pressure on the Yankees pitching staff, who were apparently up to the challenge. Everyone will be talking about the final inning of this game, as tempers flared between the Red Sox and home plate umpire Ron Kulpa. Instead of me ranting about it, take a look for yourself:
Really tough pill to swallow if you are the Red Sox. Did they leave 12 runners on base? Yep. But did they have the opportunity to tie, or potentially take the lead in the ballgame and get robbed because of an incompetent umpire with an agenda to screw David Ortiz? You better believe it.
I will leave you with this....