Red Sox Sweep Yankees, Extend 2nd Place Cushion

The Rivalry

Starting Friday night, the Red Sox traveled to New York to take on the Yankees in a pivotal 3 game series. If the Yankees swept, they would gain control of 2nd in the AL East. The Sox had other plans, sweeping the Yankees and opening up a 5.5 game cushion between the two ball clubs. The wins were gritty and fun.

Game 1: Red Sox 5, Yankees 2

The Red Sox were able to come out and make a big statement in the series opener. Out of the gate, Rafael Devers hit a 3 run shot in the top of the first, and the Red Sox would never look back from there. Marwin Gonzalez and Xander Bogaerts were both 2 for 4 for Boston. On the Yankees side of the ball, Aaron Judge was 2 for 4 with a solo home run. DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres were also 2 for 4. Nathan Eovaldi earned his 7th win of the season for Boston, going 6.0 innings giving up only 2 runs on 8 hits, and struck out 8. Michael King was on the mound for New York, going 5.1 innings and gave up 6 hits and 4 runs while fanning 5. This was a great win for the Red Sox coming off a bad series against Houston.

Game 2: Red Sox 7, Yankees 3

The Red Sox would also take game two of this series behind a 4 run eighth inning to lift them to a win. Bobby Dalbec hit a 2 run shot in the 8th to put an exclamation point on this one. The entire Red Sox offense produced in this one, as every player in the lineup recorded at least one hit, giving them 13 total hits on the game. On the Yankees’ end, they got a home run out of Gleyber Torres. Other than that, Gio Urshela was 2 for 4. There was not much action on offense for New York, only tallying 6 total hits as a team. Torres had all three RBI’s.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5.1 innings fanning 7 and giving up 5 hits and 3 runs for Boston. Jameson Taillon would also go five and a third, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, and striking out 3. Chad Green‘s 4 run 8th would earn the loss, and the Sox head into Sunday night looking for the series sweep.

Game 3: Red Sox 6, Yankees 5

The Yankees would get up early on Boston after a two-run hit, and led 3 to 1 for a majority of the game. Then in the 7th, Marwin Gonzalez would hit a two-run bomb to tie the game at 3. During the top of the 8th, a Xander Bogaert’s sacrifice fly would put the Sox ahead 4 to 3. Gleyber Torres would come in the clutch again for the Yankees.  He hit a double in the bottom of the 9th and scoring Aaron Judge all the way from first to send the game to extras. Then, in the top of the tenth, Xander would come through again.  He hit a two-run single to put the Sox up 6 to 4 in extra innings. This would put the Yankees away, 6 to 5.

As for the Pitching, Garrett Richards pitched a good one for Boston. He went 5 innings letting up just 3 runs on 8 hits while fanning 6. For the Yankees, Domingo German went 5.2 innings letting up just 1 run and 3 hits while striking out 3. A great series sweep for the Red Sox.

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