One of Major League Baseball’s most well-known rivalries squares off for the second time this season in The Bronx. A weekend series beginning on Friday and concluding on Monday, will certainly feature high-flying action between the two offensive minded teams. The hot Yankees team looks to continue their win streak, while the Red Sox look to get going after a rocky start to their 2020 season.
Yankees-Red Sox II is upon us for a four game set in The Bronx!
Game 1 Final: Red Sox 3, Yankees 10
Probables: Colten Brewer (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (3-0 3.22 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: (NYY) Cole / (BOS) Brewer
Winning their third straight game and taking the opening matchup of a four-game set against their division rival Boston Red Sox, the Yankees’ victorious effort was led by ace Gerrit Cole’s stellar performance. Cole was dominant and looked the best he has in the pinstripes this season. In his first encounter with Boston, the right-hander dazzled with a pitching line of 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER and 8 K. Recording a win, the perennial Cy Young award favorite advances his record to 4-0 in his first five starts of his 2020 campaign.
Although not having the impact bats of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup, the Yankees still had production from throughout the lineup. The double-digit scoring efforts came from Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez and Mike Tauchman.
The shortstop Torres got the scoring on its feet with a two-run double in the third.
An Alex Verdugo (4) solo shot sliced the New York lead in half, but as they would, the powerful Yankees lineup would strike right back and score six unanswered runs.
Mike Tauchman, “The Sockman”, brought in one on an RBI double to take back the lead. The very next batter, Gary Sanchez (3) belted a two-run shot into the centerfield bleachers to extend the lead to 5-1.
Adding three more to the run total, Mike Tauchman (again) allowed one to score on an RBI single while Clint Frazier brought in two on a double.
Jumping to the eight, Boston put up two runs on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single. The quiet Boston bats were unable to scheme a late comeback in game one.
In the bottom half of a run-filled eighth inning, the scorching hot bat of Tauchman (yes, for the third time) extended the Yankees lead to 10-3 on a two-out two-run single with the bases loaded. Three hits, four RBIs and two runs is how the right-fielder finished his night against Boston, well deserving of ‘Player of the Game’ honors.
An all-around offensive effort complimented by a dominant start from Gerrit Cole catapulted the Yankees into a game one win. Your final in the The Bronx, Yankees 10, Red Sox 3 as we head into game two.
Player of the Game: RF Mike Tauchman: 3-5, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2B
Game 2 Final: Red Sox 5, Yankees 11
Probables: Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 4.09 ERA) vs James Paxton (0-1 7.84 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: (NYY) Paxton / (BOS) Eovaldi
Taking down the Red Sox for the fifth straight time to start the season, the Yankees’ offense was alive early. In the first, Gio Urshela (4) smacked a two-run home run to right which scored first baseman Luke Voit.
Countering with a three-run third inning, Boston’s J.D Martinez scored two on an RBI Single. While shortly after, Xander Bogaerts (4) homered to left field.
Falling behind 3-2 was no concern for the Bronx Bombers as their power-filled lineup ignited a comeback. Picking up the pace and catching fire, Gary Sanchez (4) put the Yankees ahead in the fourth on a two-run moonshot. For Sanchez, this was his third homer in as many games.
As the middle-innings would feature little-to-no action, New York’s starter James Paxton’s night was ended after 5.0 IP. Besides a rocky third inning in which he allowed three runs to cross, the left-hander had a solid outing. Paxton’s pitching line would end up being 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB and 2 K’s. The left-hander should use this start as a momentum builder and look to improve off of it.
Anyway, the Yankees broke the game open in the sixth and seventh inning. Totaling a four-run sixth, the bat of Clint Frazier (2) was responsible for three as he crushed a three-run home run to the seats. A Tyler Wade RBI double added one more to the total as the New York would take an 8-3 lead.
Adding three final runs to the total, the scorching hot bat of Clint Frazier scored two on an RBI Single. This hit would conclude Frazier’s fantastic night at the plate. The right-fielder would go 3-3 with a home run, five RBI’s (!) and a double. His over-the-top performance earned him a no-brainer ‘Player of the Game’ nomination.
Finalizing the Yankees’ lead, Brett Gardner added one more on a sacrifice fly which eventually sealed the deal.
But adding two more Boston runs late, an Alex Verdugo home run (5) and a Kevin Pillar triple wasn’t enough to turn the tides late.
A final score of 11-5 in favor of New York is how game two finalizes. Aaron Boone and co. looks to take the series win in game three of the four game set
Player of the Game: RF Clint Frazier: 3-3, HR, 5 RBI, 2B, BB, R
Game 3 Final: Red Sox 2, Yankees 4
Probables: Chris Mazza (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs JA Happ (0-1 10.29 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: (NYY) Happ / (BOS) Mazza / (NYY) Britton (8)
Another night, another win for the New York Yankees. Leading the way to a hitting-filled low-scoring game was Mike Ford.
This was Mike Ford’s game.
The first-baseman knocked Gleyber Torres in off of an RBI single in the first. Later, in the third, the right-handed swinging slugger crushed a 2-0 high-and-inside fastball over the right field wall to bring in two.
An RBI double from Aaron Hicks rounded out the high-hitting, low-scoring production from the Bronx Bombers.
With his second home run in the series, Boston’s Kevin Pillar (2) connected on a solo home run to narrow the deficit.
In the top half of the ninth inning, looking to spark a comeback, Red Sox’ Jose Peraza scored Christian Vázquez while reaching on a fielder’s choice.
Tallying 10 hits but only four runs, New York comes out on top, 4-2 in game three.
Yankees’ starter JA Happ performed very well in his fifth start of the season. A final line 5.2 IP, 3 H, R, ER and 3 K’s is how Happ walked off the mound. To add, the left-hander also earned the win in tonight’s ballgame.
The high-offensive from New York’s Mike Ford projected the Yankees into another great win. An easy choice for the ‘Player of the Game’ nomination, Ford totaled five bases while scoring three with a home run.
Player of the Game: 1B Mike Ford: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 1B
Game 4 Final: Red Sox 2, Yankees 6
Probables: Martin Perez (2-2, 3.28 ERA) vs Jordan Montgomery (2-1 5.17 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: (NYY) King / (BOS) Pérez
Looking to capture the series sweep, the New York Yankees entered the game with motivation to win. Starting the ballgame for New York, the southpaw Jordan Montgomery had an uplifting start. Only lasting 3.2 IP due to a rain delay, Montgomery struck four out on three hits and one run. An easy and flowing bullpen path of Luis Avilan, Mike King and Alrodis Chapman put this game in the Yankees’ back pocket.
Beginning the scoring for New York, outfielder Aaron Hicks doubled to right center which allowed the speedy Tyler Wade to score. A batter later, Luke Voit (6) crushed a Martin Pérez changeup over the centerfield wall which scored Hicks. Just like that, New York has a firm grab on a 3-0 lead early in the game.
Countering, Boston’s Christian Vázquez singled to right which ultimately scored JD Martinez to pencil the team’s first run of the night.
The action shifted and the tides turned to New York as they would respond with a pair of solo home runs from Thairo Estrada (1) and Luke Voit (7). Headed to the seventh, the Bronx Bombers were holding on to a 5-1 lead.
Odds against their favor, Red Sox’ Alex Verdugo doubled to left which added one more to the slim Boston score total.
In the seventh, adding one more on a blistering line-drive home run, Aaron Hicks (2) concluded the New York scoring with a solo shot.
Making his first appearance since the 2019 ALCS, flamethrower Alrodis Chapman made his season debut. Throwing off the timing of opposing hitters with his knee buckling slider and triple-digit heater, the ‘Cuban Missile‘ did allow one to score. This solo run in the ninth did not play pivotal to the Yankees victory as they would go on to win 6-2.
A two home run and three RBI night from Luke Voit is well deserving of tonights ‘Player of the Game’ honors. That’s your ballgame, and that’s your series, Yankees take four of four and sweep Boston. The team’s eyes shift to Tampa Bay for a three game set at home.
Player of the Game: 1B Luke Voit: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
Player of the Series: LF Clint Frazier: 5-11, 7 RBI, HR, 2 2B, R
Upcoming Series: August 18 – 20 vs Tampa Bay
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