For the final time this season, the New York Yankees battle their AL East rival Boston Red Sox. When the two sides come to play, sparks always fly as the tension is bitter between the teams. This time, the series moves to Fenway Park — without the roar of the rowdy and hostile Boston crowd. A weekend series in Boston is how the series will take place.
Game 1 Final F/12: Yankees 6, Red Sox 5
Probables: Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4.76 ERA) vs Martin Perez (3-4, 4.76 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: NYY – Loaisiga (3-0) / BOS – Weber (1-3)
It wasn’t pretty and took 12 innings, but the New York Yankees stole game one, 6-5. The Bombers have won nine in a row since their horrid five game losing streak.
Starter Jordan Montgomery began the game strong but ended up leaving with a deficit. Going 4.2 IP, the left-hander allowed 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. For Boston, a three-run home run from Christian Arroyo (3) and an RBI double from Christian Vazquez pushed the Sox into a 4-0 lead. But, the Yankees stormed a comeback that was led by a two-run double from Gary Sanchez to slice the score. In the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton pulled the Yankees within one on an RBI double. Down to the final out, Gary Sanchez (10) had the fate of the game in his hands. Slamming a solo home run over the Green Monster to tie the game at four, pushed the game into extras.
Scoring in the 11th inning, Luke Voit connected on a go-ahead RBI single. Boston would even the game with an RBI single from Arroyo that scored Michael Chavis. The game-winner in the 12th sparked when DJ LeMahieu drilled an RBI double to score Aaron Hicks.
The Yankees have won all seven games against Boston this year and storm back to take game one. Final: Yankees 6, Red Sox 5.
Player of the Game: C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI
Game 2 Final: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0
Probables: J.A Happ (1-2, 2.96 ERA) vs Chris Mazza (1-1, 5.57 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: NYY – Happ (2-2) / BOS – Mazza (1-2)
Ten in a row! The Yankees came to Fenway and dominated. J.A Happ was strong on the mound and the offense was alive. Crushing through 8.0 smooth IP, Happ only allowed four hits. En route to one of the best starts for the Yankees this season, Happ tossed nine K’s on the way to his second win.
A pair of first inning runs from Urshela and Frazier got the Yankees off to a hot 2-0 lead. In the fourth, the Bombers grabbed two more. Kyle Higashioka stayed hot with an RBI single and a Tyler Wade force out advanced the score, 4-0. Deep sleeper for American League MVP award, Luke Voit came through again. Though, this wasn’t a home run as his RBI single added to the 5-0 lead. Frazier (8), again, knocked the doors down and widened the gap with a two-run home run to make it 7-0. A ninth-inning Gio Urshela sac-fly scored the final run to an 8-0 shutout.
After Happ departed, the ball was handed to right-hander Nick Nelson to complete the ninth inning. With ease, Nelson did just that. Another day, another win. With empty space on the IL (finally), the Yankees are geared with full-strength in the final stretch of the regular season. If the Bombers can play this caliber to baseball in the postseason, they’ll have smooth sailing to number 28. Final in Game 2: Yankees 8, Red Sox 0.
Player of the Game: SP J.A Happ: 8.0 IP, 9 K, 4 H, 113 P
Game 3 Final: Yankees 2, Red Sox 10
Probables: Deivi Garcia (2-2, 3.28 ERA) vs Tanner Houck (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Win / Loss / Save: BOS – Houck (2-0) / NYY – Garcia (2-2)
The Yankees fell short in the rubber match of a three-game set to the Boston Red Sox, 10-2. This snaps the Yankees’ momentum-building 10-game win streak and as a result, is the first time Boston defeats the Yankees this season.
Starter Deivi Garcia didn’t look strong from the start, as he only lasted 3.0 IP. Allowing 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K, the Red Sox offense imploded against the rookie starter. Two home runs from Michael Chavis (4/5) one from J.D Martinez (6) and Bobby Dalbec (7) solo shots added seven to the total. RBI singles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonathan Araúz added a pair to the board. Tzu-Wei Lin scored one more on a sacrifice-fly to left.
Luke Voit (21) was the lone offensive light as he counted for both runs. An RBI groundout double play in the sixth, and a solo home run in the ninth is how Voit tallied the runs. Bullpen arms such as Luis Cessa (2.0 IP) and Jonathan Holder (2.0 IP, 3 ER) appeared in the game. Making an appearance on the mound, Catcher Erik Kratz tossed the final ninth inning en route to a blowout loss.
Although ending the series on a bad note, New York still takes two of three and moves to 31-22 on the year. Final in Game 3: NYY 2, BOS 10.
Player of the Game: 1B Luke Voit: 1-3, HR, RBI
Player of the Series: 1B Luke Voit: 4-12, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Upcoming Series: Sept. 21 – Sept. 24 @ Toronto Blue Jays