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The Red Sox came up just short in the first game of the Yankees series.
The two teams once again proved that they are essentially dead even.
The Red Sox began the season with a hot start, while the Yankees struggled to come out of the gates. Meanwhile, the Yankees are now winners of 16 of their last 17 games while the Sox have begin to hit a bit of a rough patch. Such is the game of baseball.
Early in Tuesday’s contest, the two teams were separated by a pair of Giancarlo Stanton homeruns. If the game was held at Fenway, there is a good chance that neither would have left the yard, but Yankee stadium presents a unique advantage for one of baseball’s most feared lineups.
The Red Sox would not go away; however as Andrew Benintendi flared a base hit into left-center field to bring the Sox within a run. Two innings later, Mookie Betts laced a triple down the left field line to even up the game.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) May 9, 2018
Despite the offensive efforts, Heath Hembree surrendered multiple baserunners, allowing for Joe Kelly to enter the game out of the bullpen in the bottom half of the 7th. Kelly surrendered a base hit to Aaron Judge – allowing the go-ahead run to score.
For the Yankees, Luis Severino was electric on the mound. He totaled 11 strikeouts over 6 innings.
For the Red Sox, Drew Pomeranz turned in one of his best performances of the young season. He allowed only two runs – the solo shots to Stanton – over 6 solid innings. He struck out six.
- These two teams are even. Both teams feature powerful offenses, solid bullpens, and electric starting pitching.
- The AL East Race will be a full-season battle.
- The rivalry is back – just listen to Joe Kelly’s entrance.
- JBJ continues to struggle at the plate – he’s lowered his average to .173.
- David Price will miss his next start – read more.
- Tyler Thornburg continues to rehab – highlights included.
The Red Sox will take on the Yankees tonight in game two of the series.