The Yankees backed by a strong start from C.C Sabathia and strong game from the offense won the 2nd game of this series against the AL East rivals.
With the team in need of a win, C.C carried the team on his back last night, inducing weak contact from the Red Sox lineup all night. He pitched 8 strong innings with 5 strikeouts, no walks and only 5 hits allowed.
With Hicks moving to the 2 spot and Sanchez moving down the lineup, the top of the order had a rough night. They went 1 for 13 with 2 walks.
It’s the bottom of the order carried the load for the offense, with the bottom third of the order going 7 for 11 with 5 RBI.
Didi went deep in the 3rd, but the star of the offense was Chris Carter who went deep for the 2nd game in a row. He also had 2 other hits including a long single off the green monster in the 8th.
Jonathan Holder finished up what was a rare stress free game for the Yankees against the Sox, an 8-0 win. The teams will be going at it tonight in the rubber game.
After losing a tight game last night, the Yankees are going to try to rebound tonight with former ace C.C Sabathia on the mound against last year’s Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello.
C.C isn’t the hard thrower he once was but continued last year’s new found success thanks to his cutter. He started the year with a 2.70 ERA in his first 4 starts, before following that up with 3 starts where he allowed 5 ER or more. That slump didn’t last tho as C.C was able to right the ship and allow 2 runs or less in each of the last 4 times he took the mound.
Porcello has been having a thougher year this year. Trying to build on his 22 win 2016 season, he is currently carrying a 4.24 ERA. He is striking out almost a batter per inning (8.84 K/9) and keeping walks down with a 5.21 K/BB ratio which is excellent. The issue for him comes from the fact that he allows so many hits (96 in 74.1 IP) and they’re leaving the yard at a rate much higher than his carrer average (1.45 HR/9 vs 1.00).
Here are today’s lineups:
- Brett Gardner LF (.264, 12 HR, 26 RBI)
- Aaron Hicks CF (.329, 8 HR, 31 RBI)
- Aaron Judge RF (.328, 18 HR, 41 RBI)
- Matt Holliday DH (.271, 12 HR, 37 RBI)
- Starlin Castro 2B (.314, 9 HR, 31 RBI)
- Gary Sanchez C (.248, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
- Didi Gregorius SS (.313, 4 HR, 20 RBI)
- Chase Headley 3B (.225, 3 HR, 23 RBI)
- Chris Carter 1B (.183, 5 HR, 15 RBI)
- Mookie Betts RF (.264, 9 HR, 33 RBI)
- Chris Young LF (.264, 2 HR, 12 RBI)
- Xander Bogaerts SS (.325, 2 HR, 22 RBI)
- Hanley Ramirez DH (.253, 8 HR, 24 RBI)
- Sam Travis 1B (.500, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
- Sandy Leon C (.224, 4 HR, 15 RBI)
- Josh Ruthledge 2B (.242, 0 HR, 7 RBI)
- Jackie Bradley CF (.234, 7 HR, 24 RBI)
- Deven Marrero 3B (.165, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t sharp once again last night, allowing 5 earned runs in 5 innings, including 3 home runs. He left with his team trailing 5-1.
Chad Green gave the offense a chance to catch up with 3.1 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts, but the damage was already done.
All starters but Sanchez reached base, with Judge and Hicks doing it 3 times a piece while Didi did so 2 times.
Chris Carter might have bought himself an other start at first, with a solo home run in the 5th inning. He also hit a liner right at 3rd base in the 2nd and got robbed of a hit by a diving Sandoval in the 7th.
Aaron Judge had an other good game, with 2 hits (including a double) and a walk. He was the tying run when he batted with 2 outs in the 9th inning against Kimbrel, who struck him out. The Red Sox closer was very sharp striking out 5 batters for the 4 out save (Gregorius reached first on a dropped 3rd strike in the 8th).
The end result is a 5-4 loss, with both team going again at it tonight. The Sox are now closer than ever to the Yankees in the AL East race been only 1 game behind.
Tomorrow, the Yankees will host a 3 game series against the Boston Red Sox. This will feature the top 2 teams in the AL East and is a pretty important series for both teams.
Game 1: June 6 2017, 7:05 pm ET
Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 6.34 ERA) vs Drew Pomeranz (5-3, 4.24 ERA)
Game 2: June 7 2017, 7:05 pm ET
C.C Sabathia (6-2, 4.12 ERA) vs Rick Porcello (3-7, 4.24 ERA)
Game 3: June 8 2017, 7:05 pm ET
Michael Pineda (6-3, 3.76 ERA) vs David Price (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
These two teams have only played 2 games against each other so far this season back in early april. The first game was postponed while the next two were taken by the Yanks by the score of 3-1 and 3-0. These games don’t mean much for the upcoming series especially since the Sox are welcoming back David Price for only his third start of the year.
The Sox are a very good team, with a good offense and a solid pitching staff anchored by ace Chris Sale and closer Craig Kimbrel. Here are some of their players distinguishing themselves so far this year.
- Mookie Betts (.264 avg, 9 HR, 17 2B, 33 RBI, 35 R, 9-10 SB)
- Xander Bogaerts (.330 avg, .386 OBP, 35 R, 8-8 SB)
- Chris Sale (84 IP, 119 K, 2.89 ERA, 0.93 WHIP)
- Craig Kimbrel (25.1 IP, 48K, 1.07 ERA, 0.47 WHIP)
On the mend:
The Red Sox are without 3 position players right now, most notably Dustin Pedroia but also Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez. They’ll also be without starters Roenis Elias, Eduardo Rodriguez and knuckleballer Steven Wright as well as relievers Robbie Ross Jr., Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg.