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Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Silenced offense and shaky bullpen lead to Yankees 5-1 loss to Boston

Coming into today’s game, the Yankees sat four games back of the AL East division lead, making this matchup very important. The pitching matchup had Sonny Gray on the mound for the Yanks, and the reigning CY Young winner in Rick Porcello on the mound for the Red Sox. Sonny Gray did not have his best stuff, but kept the Yankees in the game, however, Rick Porcello and the Red Sox bullpen kept the Yankees offense quiet other than a solo home run courtesy of Brett Gardner.
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From the get go it seemed like Gray was a little off while he was on the mound. He was unable to paint on the corners like he usually does, leading to more walks and runners on base. Boston would strike first with a two-out, two RBI triple off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr. in the bottom of the second. Yet, the Red Sox had countless opportunities to score more off of Gray, but he held them in check, going through five strong innings for the Yankees.


The Yankees would finally get on the board thanks to Brett Gardner’s 20th homer of the season, tucking it right over the wall near the Pesky Pole, making the score 2-1 Red Sox. 

Boston would then increase their lead by one more run in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out RBI single off the bat of Bradley Jr. again, extending the lead to 3-1. Adam Warren was the one to give up that run, and prior to that at bat, he had held hitters 0-22 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

The Red Sox would add to their lead with a two RBI double in the bottom of the eighth. That would end up being the final score line.
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The Yankees lose the final game of the series by a score of 5-1, pushing them to five games back of the Red Sox atop of the AL East Division. The Yanks have a day off, and will head to Detroit to face off with the Tigers for a three game set. Game one’s matchup has Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.92 ERA) fresh off the DL, against Matthew Boyd (5-6, 5.70 ERA). First pitch will be 7:10 PM EST on YES.


Winning pitcher: Rick Porcello (8-14, 4.48 ERA) 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Losing pitcher: Sonny Gray (7-8, 3.38 ERA) 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K


Notables:
Brett Gardner: 2-4, 1 HR (20), 1 R, 1 RBI
Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2-3, 3B, 3 RBI


Article by: Vinny Romita

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