Gary Sanchez Homers Twice, Drives in Five Runs in New York Yankees Win
Jun 8, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) follows through on a three run home run in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Pineda was stellar for seven innings, allowing just one run (which was unearned). However, the same couldn’t be said for Red Sox starter David Price as the Yankees dominance of him continued.

Both the Yankees and Red Sox threatened early in the first inning leaving runners on base in the first inning. Pineda did his job in the second inning, but David Price did not.

 

Thanks to a Gary Sanchez walk, and a single by Didi Gregorius the Yankees had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out in the bottom of the second. Price got both Chase Headley and Chris Carter to pop out, and Price needed just one more out to leave the inning untouched. But thanks to a clutch Brett Gardner single to left-center, Sanchez would cross home plate, and the Yanks would take an early 1-0 lead.

Michael Pineda continued to pitch well through three scoreless frames. However, David Price‘s career struggles against the Yankees continued. Gary Sanchez tagged a 3-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the third inning. The Yankees would extend their lead to 4-0 on Sanchez’s seventh homer of the year. Despite giving up three runs in the inning, Price would work his way out of a first and second, one-out jam. But the damage was already done.

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The Red Sox had runners on first and second with nobody out in the fourth thanks in part to Chase Headley’s 10th error of the year. However, Pineda prevailed and got Hanley Ramirez to ground into a huge 6-4-3 double play, and the Yankees were just one out away from getting out of the inning with no runs scored.

However, Sanchez allowed a ball to get past him, and Xander Bogaerts would advance home, and the Red Sox finally would get on the board 4-1. Pineda’s fielders certainly didn’t provide any assistance, but Pineda prevailed with limited damage done.

El Gary AGAIN! In the bottom of the fifth inning, Gary Sanchez launched his 2nd homer of the game and 8th of the year; this one was a two-run homer to right-center field. The Yankees catcher owned Red Sox starter David Price tonight launching two vicious homers and giving both of them a little extra look. The Yankees would exit the inning with a 6-1 lead. Price exited after the fifth inning with six runs allowed. Fernando Abad would take his place in the bottom of the 6th.

The Yankees hit parade continued when Starlin Castro‘s lined a two-out single to left field, scoring in the sixth inning the mammoth we know as Aaron Judge. The burial would continue, and the Yankees would lead 7-1. Castro would tally his 32nd RBI of the season.

Michael Pineda exited after the seventh inning having pitched another gem, against a very tough opponent going seven strong innings which put the Yanks in a dominant position to take the series.

The Yankees refused to slow down as it was a “Gardy Party” in the eighth inning, as John Sterling would say. Brett Garnder launched his 13th homer of the season. Gardner is on pace to hit a ridiculous 37 home runs this year. The score would be 8-1 on Gardner’s solo shot. The Bombers weren’t done yet, as they added yet another run to their lead on Starlin Castro‘s ground out, and the Yankees lead eight runs.

Giovanny Gallegos and Dellin Betances pitched the ninth for the Yanks, and the final score would be 9-1, and the Yankees take 2/3 vs. the Red Sox.

GARY SANCHEZ WITH ANOTHER MULTI-HOMER GAME:

El Gary has let the Yankees know that his rookie season was no fluke. His response to being dropped in the lineup is the exact reaction the Yanks wanted, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s bumped right back up in the order.

JACOBY ELLSBURY STILL GETTING HEADACHES:

After crashing into the center field wall and suffering a concussion, the Jacoby Ellsbury return seems to be on delay. With the recent performance of Aaron Hicks, the Yankees sure aren’t complaining.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Yankees start a 3-game set with Baltimore tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. Jordan Montgomery will take the ball vs. Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET, will be telecasted on the YES Network and broadcasted on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.


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