The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 1-0 Tuesday night thanks to a strong night of pitching from Felix Doubront and Vicente Padilla, and a ninth inning comedy of errors from the Yankees.
With Ivan Nova pitching four scoreless innings against a relatively weak spring training lineup, the Sox needed some strong work from their lefty starter, and received just that. Working out of some first inning trouble, Doubront would strike out three batters en route to four scoreless innings of his own, making a strong argument for his selection as the fifth starter out of spring training.
Not two innings after Doubront left, however, he was one-upped by one of his primary competitors: Vicente Padilla. Entering the game in the sixth, Padilla pitched three perfect innings, allowing not one baserunner while striking out four batters in the process.
The Sox would still need a run, however, and that came in the ninth thanks to the aforementioned comedy of errors. With David Phelps entering his third inning of work, up came Pedro Ciriaco--the very man who had provided a walk-off homer against the Marlins. Ciriaco would only provide a single this time, dropping a hit into right field, but the Yankees provided the other three bases he needed.
Ciriaco's hit would bounce past a lost Zoilo Almonte in right, leaving the ball to roll all the way to the wall. As Ciriaco headed to third, Almonte's throw home sailed well behind the cutoff man and even the catcher. The last ditch throw to home from behind the plate proved unsuccessful, allowing Ciriaco to score what would prove to be the winning run.
The Red Sox will enjoy a day off Wednesday before welcoming the Cardinals to JetBlue Park Thursday afternoon.