Boston Red Sox 0 — New York Yankees 6
The Yankees benefited from three home runs and the unexpected effort of Vidal Nuno.
In the first inning, the n0w 40 year old Derek Jeter hit a one-out single. Jacoby Ellsbury would follow with a double to put two in scoring position for Mark Teixeira. The Yankees first baseman would productively sacrifice fly to left field and the Yankees had a one-run lead.
The Yankees would have a second opportunity to score with a pair of walks and a single with one out. With the bases loaded, Mark Teixeira would strike out against Brandon Workman and Carlos Beltran would harmlessly ground out to the pitcher.
Meanwhile for the Yankees, Vidal Nuno was not skipped and after tonight, the decision looked brilliant.
In the first three innings, Nuno allowed a baserunner in each but did not allow a run. Nuno would retire the next eight before exiting in the sixth inning with two outs. In 5.2 innings, Vidal Nuno allowed no runs while walking two and allowing two hits. He struck out five and threw 91 pitches. This was one of his best starts of the season.
In the fourth inning, the Yankees got some runs to backup the impressive start by Vidal Nuno in Bronx Bombers style.
After a shift-defying single by Brian McCann, the next two batters would pop out so a two-out hit would be necessary to score McCann. Kelly Johnson not only provided a hit, he provided a two-run home run, his fifth of the season. After Johnson’s home run landed in right field, Brett Gardner decided that looked good and went back-to-back for his seventh home run of the season.
Later in the eighth inning, Brian McCann would hit a second deck bomb with a two-run home run off of lefty Craig Breslow.
Dellin Betances would provide 1.1 innings out of the bullpen with two strikeouts to finish off Nuno’s inning. Adam Warren and Matt Thornton would pitch the final two innings and complete an impressive shutout with equally impressive offense.
Win – Vidal Nuno (2-4)
Loss – Brandon Workman (1-1)
*Stephen Drew – 1 for 3, 2B
*Brock Holt – 1 for 3, 2B
*Kelly Johnson – 1 for 2, R, BB, 2-Run Home Run (5) in the 4th, 2 RBI (19)
*Brett Gardner – 1 for 3, R, Solo Home Run (7) in the 4th, RBI (29)
Current Yankees Record: 41-37