Things have been going good as of late for the Yankees, especially in their final regular-season game against the rival Boston Red Sox. Sunday night’s 9-2 win at Yankee stadium gave New York the upper-hand, claiming three victories out of the four games in the series. They are now within three and a half games of Boston, the American League East leader.
The pace started out a bit slow in the first couple of innings; the Red Sox kept grounding out while the Yankees found it a bit tough to make it to home plate. But, of course, all the Yanks needed was a little bit of a lead to get them going.
In the third inning, first baseman Chase Headley sent a bomb off to left field on a 0-2 pitch, giving his team the lead they needed. He easily countered a slider thrown by Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale for the first run of the game.
New York’s lead stretched in the following inning when designated hitter Matt Holliday sent a dinger to left-center field on a 3-2 pitch. And after that? Third baseman Todd Frazier sent another homer off to left field on a 2-2 pitch. The Yankees were now up 3-1, but it was only the fourth inning.
The sixth inning is where things got a bit crazy; Boston got one run, and New York had six.
The Red Sox got their first run in the sixth inning where shortstop Eduardo Nunez reached home plate thanks to Frazier’s fielding and throwing error prior.
Yankees’ bases were loaded with Holliday on 3rd, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on 2nd and left fielder Brett Gardner on 1st. Catcher Gary Sanchez singled to shallow left field, sending Holliday home and all others one step closer to extend the lead. Second baseman Starlin Castro then doubled to right field, allowing Ellsbury and Gardner to score.
Right fielder Aaron Judge capped off the inning by launching another cannon to left field on a 1-1 pitch for a two-run homer; Castro scored. The heat came off of his bat at 11 mph and traveled 469 feet, peaking at 82 feet in the air. This was Judge’s first home run since Aug. 16 against the Mets — a 457 foot bomb at Citi Field.
Boston racked up their second run during the ninth inning; first baseman Sam Travis made it to home plate thanks to catcher Sandy Leon singling to left-center field.
However, it wasn’t only the four homerun sluggers who had a top-notch game for the Yankees. Pitcher Luis Severino struck out nine batters in six innings, and forced the Red Sox to finish the series 1 for 27 with runners in scoring position. He also surpassed the 200 strikeout mark in a season for the first time during his three-year career.