The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squared off in a battle of the bullpens for the second game of a doubleheader. The bullpen being Boston’s biggest weakness, it went exactly as expected.
- New York Yankees 6 (71-39)
- Boston Red Sox 4 (59-54)
- AL East, Final, Box Score
- Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Tell me there’s something better than an entire day of New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox baseball and I will politely inform you that you are horribly mistaken.
In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Yankees and Red Sox bullpens squared off. Given that the Yankees bullpen is their greatest strength and Boston’s is their greatest weakness, it’s no surprise the Bombers came away victorious.
Continuing his streak as the hottest hitter on the planet, Gleyber Torres cracked two homers. His second of the game came with two outs in the fifth inning to tie the game 4-4.
Gleyber got ALL of it. pic.twitter.com/aWOoBdAL0x
— MLB (@MLB) August 4, 2019
Additionally, Cameron Maybin chipped in for that tie with a two-RBI single in the third.
The Yankees bullpen arms did a solid job of keeping the game in check. A two-run shot by Rafael Devers off Nestor Cortes Jr. in the second inning gave the Sox a brief lead. In the fifth inning, Mookie Betts knocked a two-run single off of 26th man Chance Adams to retake that lead 4-3.
After Torres’ game-tying shot, Manager Aaron Boone turned to his big weapons out of the bullpen. Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, and Zack Britton each threw an inning of scoreless ball. Finally, Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth inning to lock down the save.
Then in the seventh inning, the Yankees put themselves in a position to do damage. Torres, continuing to swing a hot bat, doubled to kick off the inning. Subsequently, Aaron Hicks and Gio Urshela worked great walks to load the bases with no outs.
Following a Maybin strikeout, Mike Tauchman pushed a grounder through the infield for a two-RBI single.
Mike Tauchman with the 2-run single!#YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/0e2OsF7cF6
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 4, 2019
Chappy gets the save! Use #NYYAleveRelief for a chance to win a signed ball from a former Yankees reliever. #Sweepstakes Rules: https://t.co/Xr5EOtvjPf pic.twitter.com/EqkMMJFC23
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 4, 2019
This gave the Yankees the final push they needed to secure a series win. They now turn their attention to sweeping Boston on Sunday night.
Savage of the Game - Gleyber Torres
Following an 0-5 performance in the first game of the day, Torres bounced back in a big way. He hit two homers, a double, and scored what would become the winning run. There is nothing more savage in the Yankees universe than burying the Boston Red Sox.