New York Yankees: Rival Red Sox Heating Up

We knew that it wouldn’t last for long.

As hot as the New York Yankees have been of late, the Red Sox are just as hot. They are 16-6 over their last 22 and are just three games out of first in the AL East.

Guys like Mookie Betts have finally kicked it into gear, now batting .289 after spending most of April around .200. But, who would’ve thought that Eduardo Rodriguez would be their best starter at 4-2. They still have Nathan Eovaldi and David Price on the IL which hurts them, but Rick Porcello and Chris Sale are finally starting to look like themselves.

The Red Sox’s hot streak has included a three game sweep of the Athletics and the Mariners, along with three of four from the White Sox and two of three from the Orioles.

What does this mean for the Yankees?

All this means for the Yankees is that they need to keep winning. The last thing they need right now would be a let-up with Boston on their tails.

Monday night began the first of seven games in eleven days against the Orioles, and they need to win all of them. In between the two Orioles series is another series with Tampa Bay. If all goes well, the Yankees should be leading the AL East in a matter of days.

They can’t worry about what the Red Sox are doing. The next time the Yankees should worry about what Boston is doing is from May 30th to June 2nd, the next time the two teams square off.

Superman Brett Gardner Saves New York Yankees From Enemy Red Sox

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

Clint Frazier singled on the first pitch of the seventh, followed by a walk from Mike Tauchman. After Giovanny Urshela struck out, Austin Romine walked and pulled Boston reliever Brandon Workman out of the game. Ryan Brasier relieved Workman to pitch to New York Yankees center-fielder Brett Gardner. On an 0-2 fastball high in the zone, Gardner laced it to the first row in right center-field for a grand slam, as the Yankees took a 5-3 lead.

The bullpen held the Red Sox scoreless as the Yankees held on for a 5-3 win and a two game sweep to improve to 8-9. The Red Sox fell to 6-13, one of the worst records to start a season by a team that just won the World Series.

Happ recovered from a shaky start

After giving up three runs over the first two innings, JA Happ settled in and pitched pretty well over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up those three runs to JD Martinez and Christian Vasquez on a solo home run and a two-run home run, respectively. After the second, he gave up just three hits.

Happ struck out four on Wednesday, and walked just one. He threw first pitch strikes to 18 of the 25 batters he faced. He worked seven ground-balls and seven fly-balls.

Tommy Kahnle relieved Happ to get just two outs, but picked up the win. Adam Ottavino came in the eighth to load the bases, but worked out of it unscathed.

Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth to get the save, working a 1-2-3 inning.

Gardy saved the day

Brett Gardner had just one hit, but it was the big one in the grand slam. It was also Gardner’s 100th home run. Frazier was responsible for the other run on an RBI double.

The Yankees had just five hits, but got on base four more times than that from walks and errors. Frazier had three hits, and Luke Voit had a hit, too.

On Thursday, the Yankees begin a four game set with the Kansas City Royals before heading out west. Game one is at 6:35PM on YES and Fox Sports Go. Domingo German gets the start for the Yankees against Homer Bailey of the Royals.

New York Yankees: Paxton Dominant Over Eight Innings In Win Over Boston

New York Yankees, James Paxton

James Paxton struck out 12 over eight innings while allowing just two hits as the New York Yankees blew out the Red Sox 8-0.

Paxton actually had to fight pretty hard

Despite the fact that he struck out 12 and allowed zero runs, he actually had to fight back to a lot of batters. He only had first pitch strikes to half of the 28 batters he faced. So he was getting outs after going down 1-0 or 2-0, which is incredibly impressive.

And, he only threw 110 pitches, which isn’t a lot for how many strikeouts he had and for how many counts he was behind in.

Paxton also got eight fly-ball outs and four ground-outs. Outside of the two hits, Paxton also hit a batter to allow just three total base-runners.

The Yankee defense was also fantastic, led by a play from Giovanny Urshela.

With Mookie Betts up, he grounded a ball down the third base line. Urshela backhanded, and threw to first while slipping and falling down to get Betts.

The best offense in a while

The Yankees offense finally kicked it into gear to beat up Chris Sale and is Red Sox. In the third, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit each had RBI singles to start it off.

An inning later, Clint Frazier belted a high change-up into the seats for a lead-off home run, and Mike Tauchman scored Austin Romine on a double. Romine impressed everyone with his base-running, while Tauchman advanced to third on the throw home.

It was the sixth inning the next time Tauchman was up, and belted a long three-run home run for the first one of his career. This made it 7-0 good guys.

The Yankees put up one final insurance run in the seventh when Gleyber Torres hit one for his fourth of the season.

With the large lead, the Yankees put in Joe Harvey to finish it off in the ninth after Paxton’s night was complete. He worked a scoreless inning, despite allowing a hit.

The second and final game of the series will take place on Wednesday at 6:30PM on ESPN, YES, and Fox Sports Go. JA Happ gets the ball for the Yankees against ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi for the Sox.