What has been a most miserable season in The Bronx had a month’s worth of drama on Saturday night – and for a change, the Yankees came out on top.
After losing their first seven annual meetings against the Red Sox, the Yankees finally beat their rivals, 3-1, by six innings on a stormy night at the stadium.
All that was required was a rainstorm, some terrible calls from the judges, another strong outing from Gerrit Cole and a couple of homers from Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres.
“It was a good win to stop the bleeding, especially against the Red Sox,” Cole said.
At first, it hardly looked like the Yankees should avoid a third straight loss. They had been shut out Friday, and on Saturday they did not get a hit from Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi until Greg Allen doubled to right-center with two out in the fifth inning.
But DJ LeMahieu followed Allen’s double with an RBI single to tie the game before back-to-back homers by Sanchez and Torres in the sixth gave them the lead.
As the weather worsened all night, the game was called after a 52-minute rain delay after the sixth inning.
“It got pretty bad out there in the end,” manager Aaron Boone said.
The storm hit after the start of the game had been delayed by almost an hour, although the weather at that time was fine.
At this point, however, the Yankees will take a break they can get.
“It was definitely nice to finally get through against these guys,” Boone said. “Now we have a big one [Sunday]. ”
After ending the first half with a devastating loss in Houston, the Yankees came out of the All-Star break and lost six players to the COVID-19 injury list – and were then stripped of Boston on Friday.
However, Cole delivered another solid performance and came out of a shutout in Houston and with Sanchez behind the plate because Kyle Higashioka is out with COVID-19.
After Cole stranded a runner on third in the first, the Red Sox came to him in the second when Christian Arroyo hit an RBI single on the left to put the Yankees in another early hole.
Eovaldi hit Rougned Odor and Sanchez with places in the first, but then retired nine just before Torres went with two out in the fourth.
Cole was dominant after the second inning hiccup. He gave up only one hit after Arroyo’s RBI single and retired 10 in a row before a trip to Rafael Devers with two outs in the sixth.
Hunter Renfroe followed with an infield single, and after a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Cole Jarren Duran went to load the bases for Vazquez.
Cole got Christian Vazquez on yet another dubious check-swing third strike to finish the sixth and keep it 1-1. Arguments from the Boston excavation led to the eviction of Boston bench coach Will Venable and catcher Kevin Plawecki.
The game was delayed again before the bottom of the sixth when a fan threw a ball that hit Boston’s Alex Verdugo in the left field. The Red Sox left the field for a moment when the blower was pushed out.
Hirokazu Sawamura took over for Eovaldi to start the bottom of the sixth, and with one out Sanchez took him deep to the right to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
A fan appeared to reach beyond the fence, but the piece was maintained after a review. The struggling Torres followed by also homering to the right – his first homer since June 5th.
Torres called the home race “really big”.
“With the situation where we were in that inning, with a lot of rain, and after Gary homer, it was motivation for us,” Torres said.
The game was stopped after the sixth inning and the Yankees got a much-needed victory.
“We have not played well against them,” LeMahieu said of the Red Sox. “Every game is a big game against them. We went up to the apartment. ”