Close in the standings but far apart on the scoreboard. A highly anticipated series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees wound up being blowout city in the big City. Although given the two lineups and considering the pitching matchups, it kind of makes sense. Given the pop in each respective lineup, your starter had best be up to the task. In the end, it came out in the Yankee favor, as New York captured two of three.
Incredibly we’re at the midway point of the schedule anyhow and at 54 victories, this marks the second highest win total by the Yankees at 81 games since 1961, only the 1998 Yankees with 61, won more.
Firing the first salvo, the Yankees jumped all over and absolutely crushed the Red Sox 8-1. Right off the rip, the Bronx Bombers were driving the ball and wound up belting four home runs. New York also received another stopper outing from CC Sabathia.
The pinstripes offense jumped on Eduardo Rodriguez in the second. Gleyber Torres tripled off the wall to straightaway center. Fellow rookie Miguel Andujar would plate Torres with a bloop single to right, posting the Yankees to a 1-0 advantage.
From footsteps in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the top step of the dugout, Brandon Drury’s presence was clearly felt Friday evening. After a sac fly to left by Torres in the fourth, Andujar clubbed a two-run tater to left off a 0-1 cutter from Rodriguez.
Bird would also go yard in the eighth, capping off the scoring with a comet to right off Justin Haley.
Following a Yankees loss since last season, the team is 17-4 in games started by Sabathia, including the postseason and in those games, the veteran lefty boasts a 2.39 ERA. Save for an RBI-double to right by Andrew Benintendi in the fifth.
Sabathia was pumped and one could feel the energy and vibes exuded by the Yanks leader on the mound. For his final line, Sabathia went seven strong, yielding one run on six hits and one walk, striking out five.
JUDGE’S STADIUM RECORD
Aaron Judge was also instrumental in the Bronx Bombers bash. Facing Haley in the seventh, Judge went oppo-taco on a full count offering for a two-run blast. Judge became the fastest player to 50 home runs at home, doing so in 134 games at Yankee Stadium.
ALL RISE. Aaron Judge crushes a 2-run homer vs the Red Sox
Even after an impressive opener, one could almost see this one coming from a mile away. Perhaps not an 11-0 shellacking but the Chris Sale vs. Sonny Gray pitching matchup didn’t exactly bode well. This one was essentially over before it started.
WAITIN’ ON A SONNY GRAY
For all of his “stuff” and arsenal of pitches, Sonny Gray isn’t a strikeout pitcher and clearly couldn’t find an out pitch against the Red Sox. Gray nearly pitched out of a first-inning jam with a reasonable pitch count. Yet, Sonny’s Stadium blues continued. With the bases packed, Rafael Devers clocked an opposite-field grand slam to left on a 1-2 curveball. It was part of a five-hit evening for Devers. Gray wouldn’t make it out of the third, surrendering six runs on seven hits and two walks.
Giancarlo Stanton picked up a hit in the first inning but the Yankees offense was behind the eight ball early and Sale would find his groove and coast. The Boston ace would retire 15 consecutive batters, whiffing 11 in seven scoreless frames.
They say three is a trend, so naturally, in the third game of this series, it was a blowout with the Yankees returning serve 11-1.
THE PRICE IS WRONG
It doesn’t matter which team David Price is pitching for or which players are wearing the pinstripes, the result is basically the same. The 2018 Bronx Bombers clobbered Price with five home runs on the evening.
After being mentioned in the same sentence as Kevin Maas on the ESPN broadcast, Judge started the Yankees scoring with a solo smash to straightaway center in the first. The home run was No. 22 on the campaign for the Yankees right-fielder.
During the second, Aaron Hicks crushed one of his three home runs on the night, also taking Price yard in the fourth and Hector Velazquez in the eighth. Hicks became the first Yankees player to homer three times in a game since Alex Rodriguez in 2015 and joined Curtis Granderson as one of two New York players with a three home run game at the new Yankee Stadium. Plus, Hicks joins Mark Teixeira and Lou Gehrig as Yankees with a three home run game against the Red Sox.
Unlike the previous night’s starter, it didn’t matter who Luis Severino’s catcher was. Even with Higashioka behind the dish, Severino didn’t miss a beat. The New York ace tossed 6.2 scoreless frames, fanning six, walking three and yielding two hits. The final pitch of his outing topped out at 100 mph. Since 2017, Severino’s 25 starts of allowing one run or fewer is tops in baseball. Severino’s 1.98 ERA leads the AL.