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Big blasts and big brawl lead Yankees to 10-7 win over Boston


The Yankees entered today after a long and brutal 14-1 loss last night looking to bounce back in game two of this three game set. With a bit of recent trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark, Masahiro Tanaka was ready to do his job in Fenway, and while he did not pitch sharply, the Yankees’ bats came alive and were ignited by two benches clearing incidents that eventually led to a 10-7 victory.

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The Yankees didn't waste any time getting to work off of David Price. Struggling Giancarlo Stanton found himself in a big spot in the first inning. With two on and nobody out, Stanton had a prime opportunity to get back on track, and that's just what he did. Stanton ripped a two-run, 418-foot triple off of the wall in deep center field.


Following Stanton, Gary Sanchez had his own opportunity to get out of a funk off of someone who he's hit well over the course of his whole career, in David Price. He did nothing short of that. On the first pitch he saw, Sanchez cranked a two-run shot which then made him 6-12 with five homers off of Price in his career.

After three hits, four runs, and a tingling in Price’s hand in the first inning, the Yankees were able to knock Price out of the game, concluding his shortest start of his career after only one inning of work.

Tanaka came out to work in the bottom of the first, looking very sharp. Tanaka was working a shutdown first inning until Hanley Ramirez laced the first pitch he saw from Tanaka into the seats.

After a 25 pitch first, Tanaka comes out for the second and gets a one-two-three inning on just seven pitches.

Sanchez opened up the third inning with a leadoff double. Following up, Neil Walker picked up a single that found the gap, and the Yankees quickly threaten to add on to that lead. With runners on the corners, Tyler Austin singled to left field, scoring Sanchez and picking up the third straight Yankee hit.

After a hard slide into second, Tyler Austin and Brock Holt verbally got into it, forcing the benches to clear. Holt appeared to say something to Austin after a spikes-up slide into second.

Following his seven pitch second, Tanaka came out and threw a five pitch one-two-three inning third inning.

In the top of the fourth inning, with runners on the corners, Didi Gregorius hit a sac-fly, tagging and scoring Gardner. Following that play, Gary Sanchez deposited his second two-run homer of the game with a drive into deep left center field, making it 8-1 all Yankees.
 
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After four, Tanaka was quietly cruising behind this hot offense. After retiring 10 batters in a row, Tanaka had thrown just 45 pitches with three strikeouts through four brilliant innings of work.

In the fifth inning Tanaka had a little bit of trouble hitting his spots and executing his pitches. With runners on first and second, Mookie Betts drove in Jackie Bradley Jr with a double down the left field line. With two outs and the bases loaded facing J.D. Martinez, Tanaka gave up a grand slam to straight away center field. Following the grand slam, Tanaka gave up a double to Mitch Moreland. Though he did eventually get out of the inning, it wasn’t without giving up five hits on five runs in the fifth inning.

In the sixth inning with a runner on third and one out, Stanton laced a ball up the middle, easily scoring Gardner to give the Yankees more breathing room. After two wild pitches advanced Stanton to third, Didi picked up his second sac fly of the night giving the Yankees a four-run lead.

Chad Green entered in the bottom of the sixth to relieve Tanaka. With one on, he got an inning ending double play.

In the seventh inning, tempers flared again, and this time it was bad. Joe Kelley intentionally threw at Tyler Austin, and Austin charged the mound. Punches were thrown and benches cleared for the second time of the night. Austin, Kelly, and Yankees’ third base coach Phil Nevin were all ejected, and the ghosts of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalries of the past officially woke up.
 
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Aroldis Chapman came in for the ninth inning to this action-packed game. Chapman struggled early on, with runners on second and third and no outs. Chapman ended up getting a pop up, and a strikeout. However, a run scored on a wild pitch and Chapman struck out Rafael Devers to end the game and strand the runner on third. The Yankees won this one by a final score of 10-7, and I think it is safe to say that the rivalry has been renewed.

The Yankees will look to secure the series win tomorrow as they will trot out Sonny Gray to oppose Rick Porcello. The game will take place at 7:10 ET.

Winning Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 5.19 ERA): 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Losing Pitcher: David Price (1-1, 2.45 ERA): 1 IP, 4 ER, 3H, 1 K, 2 BB

Notables:
Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 2 HR (3), 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R
Giancarlo Stanton: 3-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Aaron Judge: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB
Brett Gardner: 2-3, 3 R, 2 BB

Article by: Alex Cannizzaro

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