All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 8-0 loss to the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:
Dalbec endures a rough night: At the plate, the slumping Bobby Dalbec showed some life, powering a ground-rule double to right in his final plate appearance of the night. But on the bases and in the field, it didn't go so well. In the first inning, he cut off a throw headed to the plate when it appeared the Sox might have had a play. Instead, a run scored. In the top of the ninth, Dalbec took a throw from right fielder Cesar Puello to double up Luke Voit at first. But while Dalbec took his time getting to the bouncing throw and stepping on the bag, the Yankees were able to cross the plate with another run before the out was recorded. Lastly, Dalbec, with his team trailing by seven and no out, attempted to advance from second to third on a ball hit right in front of him to short. After initially being called out, Dalbec was ruled safe on a replay challenge, but that didn't make the move any less ill-advised. "That's judgment,'' said Ron Roenicke. "Sometimes there's just a lot going on and you don't react the right way. But from what I've heard he's a good baserunner and got good instincts. The more he plays, the more he'll get better at that.''
What rivalry? The numbers keep getting worse when it comes to the Yankees. The loss Saturday night made it nine straight wins for the Yankees vs. the Red Sox this season. Dating back to last year, the Yankees have won the last 12 head-to-head meetings, tying the franchise record for most consecutive losses to New York, originally set in 1936 and tied in 1952-53. Since eliminating the Yankees in the 2018 American League Division Series, the Sox are just 5-23 against the Yankees. And Sunday, in the final meeting of the year between the clubs, the Yankees have a chance to sweep the season series for the first time in history.