The Red Sox face a four-run deficit after five innings against the Yankees Sunday afternoon. And if things don’t change soon, then they could be staring at a virtual tie in the wild card race before they even play their second game of the day.
The lone run of the day so far for the Red Sox came from Jacoby Ellsbury, who actually managed to draw even with David Ortiz in homers by taking a 3-1 fastball from A.J. Burnett and depositing it well past the short porch and into the second section of seats in right field.
The homer only managed to make it 4-1, however, as Jorge Posada had taken Tim Wakefield deep for two runs in the previous half-inning. With a pair of leadoff hits in the fifth scoring another for New York, the Yankees chased Wakefield from the game after just four frames of work. Another terrible start for the Red Sox’ pitching staff.