A closer look at a heartbreaking loss

May, 18, 2010
A few notes from ESPN Stats and Information and the Elias Sports Bureau on last night’s tough-to-swallow Red Sox loss:

-- Before Monday, Jonathan Papelbon had never allowed four earned runs in one game in his major-league career.

-- Papelbon entered Monday's game having allowed just 2 hits in 30 at-bats vs. right-handed batters (a single and a double).

Monday, righties were 2 for 2 with 2 homers (and one hit-by-pitch).

-- Papelbon has allowed 3 homers this season. All three have come vs. the Yankees (other was Curtis Granderson on April 7).

-- Papelbon has allowed five homers vs. the Yankees in his career. That is tied with the Rays for the most by any team.

-- This was the first time in 282 relief appearances that Papelbon has allowed 2 homers. In his major league debut (which was a start in 2005) he allowed 2 homers.

-- Jonathan Papelbon has now allowed 8 walkoff hits -- 3 of them to the Yankees. The other 2: Brett Gardner (July 6, 2008) and Jason Giambi (Aug. 28, 2008)

-- Alex Rodriguez's only other HR off Jonathan Papelbon was a 2-out solo HR on June 30, 2007 that broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 9th. The Yankees won that game 6-5.

-- Other notable A-Rod homers against the Red Sox:

* July 31, 2003- Hits walk-off grand slam vs Todd Jones (with Rangers)

* July 14, 2005- Go-ahead HR in 9th inning vs Curt Schilling

* June 3, 2007- Go-ahead HR in 9th inning vs Jonathan Papelbon

* Aug. 7, 2009- Walk-off HR in 15th inning vs Junichi Tazawa

* May 17, 2010- Game-tying HR in 9th inning vs Jonathan Papelbon

-- The Red Sox hit 5 homers on Monday night, the second-highest single game total vs. New York in the history of the rivalry. They hit 7 homers in a victory on July 4, 2003 and hit 5 homers on two other occasions: July 21, 2002 (a loss) and Sept. 11, 1999 (a win)

-- Victor Martinez hit 2 homers Monday, giving him 14 in his career against the Yankees, his second most vs. any team.

The Yanks are the only team on this list outside the AL Central, where he spent the first 7 1/2 years of his career.

-- Martinez homered from both sides of the plate. The last Red Sox player to do that was Jason Varitek in 2005. The last Red Sox player to do it against the Yankees was Bill Mueller on July 4, 2003.

-- It's fitting that David Ortiz hit one of the Boston home runs Monday night, as the last game the Red Sox hit five home runs in Yankee Stadium marked the beginning of Ortiz's rise to stardom. Ortiz hit two longballs that day for his first multi-homer game as a member of the Red Sox. He would go on to have five more multi-homer games in 2003, including one the very next day.

He entered that 2003 game with just 5 homers in 188 at bats and teammates jokingly calling him Juan Pierre. From the July 4 game to the end of the season, Ortiz homered 26 times in just 260 at bats on his way to a fifth-place finish in the AL MVP vote.

-- The Yankees scored 5 in the first inning and 4 in the ninth. Via Elias, the last home team to score 5-plus in the first and 4-plus in the ninth was the Royals on May 22, 1979. They did it in a 12-11 loss to the Mariners. The only other time the Yankees did it: Sept. 10, 1929 (second game of doubleheader), in a 10-9 win over the Tigers. It's the sixth time that has happened in MLB since 1900.



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