The New York Yankees secured their 10th consecutive win and second of the series against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday evening. By a score of 8-0, the Yankees displayed their offensive fire-power once again, tallying 57 total runs over the past five games.
The Yankees have now won 12 straight games against the Boston Red Sox, the first time since August 1952. Ted Williams was still flying missions in the Korean War at this point, so this should give you a decent idea of how long ago this really was.
Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:
There was plenty of good news to go around in the Yankeesâ€™ victory. Starting pitcher JA Happ lasted 8.0 innings, allowing just four hits and zero earned runs. He struck out nine batters over 113 pitches. Happ now hosts a 3.25 ERA and has looked stellar since finishing a porous 2019 campaign.
Having finished 2019 with a 4.91 ERA, Happâ€™s success this year could prove to be expensive for the Bombers. If the former Toronto Blue Jay starts in 10 games or pitches over 60 innings, a $17 million vesting option for 2021 will be triggered. Heâ€™s only three games away from earning a one-year deal with the Yankees, which might hurt their chances of finding an alternative next year in the free-agent market.
Offensively, the Yankees were stellar, recording 11 hits and eight earned runs. Four Yankees had two hits or more, with Clint Frazier having a fantastic evening. He was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
The playoff magic number for the Yankees is now one.
There wasnâ€™t much bad news to extract from the victory, aside from some individual performances. On offense, only two batters werenâ€™t able to record a hit, Aaron Judge and Mike Tauchman.
Nonetheless, Judge managed two BBs, while Tauchman scored a run on a flyout (he grounded into a fielders choice, allowing him to reach first).
The Yankees have one more contest lined up against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. With just two series left in the regular season against the Blue Jays and Â Miami Marlins, the Yankees are quickly closing in on the postseason. Things are about to get exciting, folks.