David Price and the Boston Red Sox take advantage of the lifeless New York Yankees offense to take Game Two of the doubleheader tonight.
- New York Yankees: 0 (47-43)
- Boston Red Sox: 3 (52-41)
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The Yankees were riding high after their 3-0 victory earlier in the day and found themselves facing an enemy they knew all too well in David Price.
However, this time, Price brought his A game. And besides that, the defense made a spectacular play to keep prevent the Yankees from winning their third game in a row.
On the other side of the mound, the puzzle known as Masahiro Tanaka retired the side in the first and second innings. For a pitcher who has struggled mightily this season, he looked to be making a run to restore his ace status.
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However, Mookie Betts quickly brought rain to Tanaka‘s parade, homering in the bottom of the third inning to make it 2-0 in favor of the bad guys. That home run broke a 24-inning scoreless streak for the Red Sox.
From that moment on, the Yankees and Red Sox both threatened, while Price and Tanaka managed to weasel out of jams left and right. That is, until Tanaka allowed one more run to cross the plate on Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
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The Yankees continued to threaten, getting baserunners on against Price. However, Jackie Bradley Jr. singlehandedly eliminated all hope the Yankees had of victory by scaling the wall in right to rob Aaron Judge of a two-run shot in the top of the eighth.
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Tanaka ended his night with 7.2 innings of work, allowing eight hits, three runs and striking out nine. Tanaka pitched well but one big mistake and the lack of run support cost the Yankees a rare doubleheader sweep.
However, in classic Yankees fashion, the Bronx Bombers would not give up without a fight. Didi Gregorius ripped a one-out double to set the table in the ninth off closer Craig Kimbrel. With clutch Brett Gardner working a walk, Chase Headley came up to the plate as the tying run.
Kimbrel quickly shut down Headley with a swinging strikeout to end the threat and split the series.
The Yankees will take the night flight to Target Field to get ready for their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.
While the Yankees have yet to determine their starter, the Twins already have southpaw Adalberto Mejia lined up for Game One. Mejia has a 4-4 record on the season with a 4.43 ERA.
In his last outing, he took a loss against the Baltimore Orioles despite pitching 6.2 innings of strong ball.
The game will start at 8:10 PM ET and will be available on the YES Network. To listen to the game, it will be broadcast on WADO 1280 and WFAN 660/101.9 FM.