Aaron Judge
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The New York Yankees dropped the first of a four-game set to the Boston Red Sox after a disappointing start from Domingo German.

  • New York Yankees 1 (92-50)
  • Boston Red Sox 6 (76-65)
  • MLB, Final, Box Score
  • Fenway Park, Boston, MA

I almost forgot how difficult it is to get up for games against teams that are no longer relevant. The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night by a score of 6-1.

As was the case for most of the Yankees in this game, Domingo German just felt a little flat. He battled a high pitch count and shaky command for a hitless first three innings. Unfortunately, the Red Sox burst through in the fourth.

Rafael Devers led off the inning with a double off the left-field wall, scoring on a scorched two-out grounder by Brock Holt that skipped past Gleyber Torres. Immediately afterward, Mitch Moreland launched a three-run homer to give the Red Sox a commanding 4-0 lead.

German ended the day with 4.1 innings pitched, five earned runs, four walks and only five strikeouts.

The Yankees fared no better on the other side of the ball. The only run the bombers scored all night came on a Brett Gardner solo shot in the fifth.

This marked Gardner’s 21st long ball of the season, tying his career-high.

The Yankees only recorded three hits on Friday night, two off the bat of Gardner and a double by Didi Gregorius.

All in all, the Yankees came into this game feeling flat and the pace of play caused by September bullpens made the game feel like it dragged on forever. Hopefully, the Yankees will bounce back on Saturday afternoon and show up with some more intensity.

Savage of the Game — Expanded Rosters

Friday night’s game was flying through the first three innings. However, as I haven’t grown accustomed to yet, teams have no fewer than 78 available relievers for any given game. So the pace of play came to a screeching halt and for that, “expanded rosters” wins Savage of the Game.

Lifetime ballplayer and Yankee fan. Strongly believe that the eye-test and advanced stats can be used together instead of against each other.