All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 6-5 loss to the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Two streaks continue: Here we are, 52 games into the 2020 schedule and the Red Sox still haven't done two things: beat the Yankees, or won a game in extra innings. They spent most of the night giving every indication that they were going to finally beat New York after seven straight losses in head-to-head meetings, grabbing a 4-0 lead after five innings. The Yanks began chipping away in the late innings off the Boston bullpen, scoring twice in the seventh and another in the eighth. In the ninth, Matt Barnes got two quick outs, but Gary Sanchez belted a curveball into the Monster Seats to tie it. It was the fourth blown save of the season for Barnes. Then, in extra innings, the Sox had all sorts of chances over three innings. After the Yankees when ahead in the 11th, the Sox tied it on a single from Christian Arroyo, then loaded the bases with one out. But they failed to push the winning run across, part of a frustrating night that saw them strand a staggering 15 baserunners and go 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position. The Sox are 0-3 in extra innings this season.
Martinez bottoms out: In a season that's been one long disappointment, Friday may have represented a low point for J.D. Martinez. He was 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, dropping him to .199 for the season. He also managed to strand nine baserunners over the course of the game. The last two plate appearances were particularly brutal. With the potential tying run in scoring position and two out, Martinez took a called third strike to send the game into extra innings. Then, two innings later, it got worse. With first base open, the Yanks elected to intentionally walk Xander Bogaerts to load the bases to get to Martinez with one out. That strategy would have been absolutely unthinkable over the last four or five seasons. After getting ahead 2-and-0, Martinez then went down swinging for the fourth time. "With a guy that's been as consistent as he has over the year,'' said Ron Roenicke, "to go through this stretch, I'm sure it's pretty rough for him. You keep thinking he's going to come out of it. He has some good games and then he doesn't (come out if it). Tough night. One of the best hitters in the game and he's going through this.''
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