The Red Sox’ Opening Day win over the Yankees squares off against the dramatic, comeback victory in Yankee Stadium in the second round of the Best 2010 Red Sox Game That Aired on NESN competition.
Come-from-behind Opening Day win over Yankees, April 4 at Fenway ParkThe Red Sox wasted no time in supplying drama for the Fenway faithful in 2010. In the season opener at the Fens on Easter Sunday (April 4), the Red Sox staged a late-inning comeback to nip the Yankees 9-7. After Boston tied things at five in the sixth, the Yankees plated two in the top of the seventh. Boston rallied for three runs in the bottom half of the frame that included a Dustin Pedroia two-run homer and a Kevin Youkilis go-ahead run on a passed ball. Both aces — CC Sabathia and Josh Beckett — exited early as the pair of All-Stars allowed a combined 10 earned runs on 14 hits. Hideki Okajima picked up the win while Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save in the hitters’ duel.
Jeremy Hermida caps comeback win over Yankees, May 18 at Yankee StadiumJosh Beckett walked off the mound with a sore back on May 18, just moments after allowing a two-run double to Robinson Cano that extended the Yankees’ fifth-inning lead to 5-0 at Yankee Stadium. All appeared lost, but the Red Sox, coming off a heartbreaking loss to New York on a Jonathan Papelbon blown save, stormed back, scoring the next five runs with three RBIs from Kevin Youkilis. Then, tied 5-5 in the top of the ninth, an unlikely hero emerged. Jeremy Hermida stepped into the batter’s box against Mariano Rivera and smacked a two-run double, giving the Red Sox a 7-5 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Papelbon was tested but ultimately recovered to close out the Yankees and cap off the exceptional comeback in the Bronx.
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