El Kraken homers twice to back Pineda's gem as Yankees roll past Red Sox 9-1
The Yankees and the Red Sox matched up for only the fifth time this season, as Michael Pineda and David Price took the mound in the rubber match of the series in the Bronx, in what turned out to be a one sided Yankees victory.
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Price also looked shaky early on, walking three of the first six batters he faced. After getting out of a first inning jam without letting a run across, he could not do the same in the second, as the Yanks struck first off a two out RBI single by Brett Gardner, scoring Sanchez from second and moving Didi to third. Price would get out of the inning without further damage after striking out Aaron Hicks on a high fastball, but would find himself right back in trouble in the third.
After an Aaron Judge single and a Matt Holliday walk, Sanchez stepped up to the plate and followed up his phenomenal throw in the first inning with a no doubt three-run home run off Price, who put a backdoor cutter right down the middle. A couple of innings later in the fifth, Gary took Price deep once again, this time an opposite field two-run shot to make it 6-1. This was Gary’s second multi-home run game of the season, and is now 4-7 with four home runs against Price in his career. Price exited the game after five tough innings in which he never looked calm as he constantly displayed poor body language. The Yanks then tacked on another run on a Starlin Castro single off relief pitcher Fernando Abad to make it a 7-1 game.
Adam Warren came on in relief for Pineda in the eighth, working a perfect eighth, while the Yanks got a couple more insurance runs with a solo shot to center in the bottom half of the inning by Gardner and a groundout by Castro that scored a run to make it 9-1. In the top of the ninth, Giovanny Gallegos got out both men he faced, as Dellin Betances came in to get the final out of the game after loading the bases to end it by the score of 9-1.
The Yankees improve to 34-23, and extend their AL East lead to three games. The Yankees are back at it again tomorrow night, as they have yet another tough divisional series as they face the Baltimore Orioles in the Stadium for a three game weekend set.
Winning Pitcher: Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.39 ERA) 7 IP, 4 H, 1R (0 ER,) 2 BB, 8 K
Losing Pitcher: David Price (1-1, 5.29 ERA) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 4 K
Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 2 HR (8), 5 RBI
Brett Gardner: 2-5, HR (13), 2 RBI
Aaron Judge: 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB
Starlin Castro: 2-5, 2 RBI
Article by: Matt LuzziFollow @BronxBomberBall