The Yankees host the Boston Red Sox for game 2 of this 3 game set, after defeating Boston 5-1 last night. Masahiro Tanaka will make his first start of the 2020 season, after he was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive that was clocked at 112 mph, leaving the 2-time All-Star with a concussion. Boston will start Zack Godley, who was added to their rotation just 2 days ago.
Kicking the game off, Tanaka struck out the 26 year old Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers before getting star shortstop Xander Bogaerts to fly out to Aaron Judge in right. In the bottom of the first after a DJ LeMahieu ground out, Aaron Judge stepped in and hit a home run (4) into left field. He now has a home run in 4 straight games, the first time he’s done so in his career. Goldey was able to sit Stanton down on strikes to end the inning and limit the damage.
With runners on first and second in bottom of the second, Gary Sanchez, who had the day off yesterday and was 0-15 coming into today’s game, got his first hit of the year with a single to right field. With the bases juiced, Gio Urshela smacked a ball to center field for a grand slam home run (2) to put the Bombers up 5-0 early. Godley locked in following the grand slam, retiring Gardner, LeMahieu, and Judge.
With two on and two out in the third, Xander Bogaerts hit a long fly ball that was just inches away from a 3-run blast, but the ball hit the top of the wall. Benintendi scored easily, and Bogaerts was called safe on a play at second. The ball got away from Gio Urshela, which allowed Pillar to score, making it 5-2 Yankees. That ended the day for Masahiro Tanaka who looked back to normal in his 2.3 innings, giving up only 1 earned run. Luis Avilan came into relief and struck out Mitch Moreland to end the inning.
After Godley walked two in the fourth, he was replaced by Chris Mazza walked Judge to load the bases, but got Gleyber Torres to fly out to end the inning. Before the bottom of the fourth, Nick Nelson made his MLB debut by replacing Luis Avilan on the mound for the Yankees. Nelson pitched a scoreless bottom half of the fourth including his first big league strikeout. Both Mazza and Nelson pitched scoreless baseball in their appearances, and Gio Urshela ended the sixth inning with a beautiful play at third base. Mazza was replaced by Ryan Brasier in the bottom of the seventh, and Nelson was replaced by David Hale in the top of the eighth.
Following a scoreless eighth, David Hale stayed in the ballgame in an effort to close out the game. Hale got Christian Vazquez to strike out after he missed a home run that kicked just foul in left field. Hale followed that strikeout by striking out Alex Verdugo. Jackie Bradley Jr. walked with 2 outs in the, and the next batter, Tzu-Wei Lin singled to put Bradley at third. With the tying run at the plate, Andrew Benintendi struck out to end the game, giving the Yankees the 5-2 victory.
The Yankees move to 6-1 on the season, sitting atop the AL East and MLB for that matter. The Red Sox fall to 3-6, sitting in last place in the division. The Yankees send James Paxton to the mound tomorrow in the series finale, and the Red Sox have yet to name their starting pitcher.
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