Based on the Red Sox-Yankees’ last three games this weekend at Yankee Stadium, the best rivalry in baseball is on holiday due to a wide talent gap for teams heading in markedly different directions.
To be considered a rivalry, each game must be competitive and attract the emotions of each canoe. Those two ingredients were sorely lacking this weekend in the Bronx, where the Yankees completed a three-game sweep via a 9-7 win from behind in an empty stadium on Sunday night.
The fact that the Yankees have won six in a row, and 11 of the last 12, against the Red Sox, further fuels the pause movement. The Yankees’ sixth straight win was fueled by Aaron Judge’s two home runs which included a two-run explosion in the eighth inning after DJ LeMahieu’s two-out single scored Mike Tauchman for second and tied the score, 7-7.
“Lots of really good things. We had to scratch and scratch. I felt like we were going through the night, ”said Aaron Boone, whose club were behind, 2-0, before hitting in the first and 7-6 before the eighth at home. “Tauchman gets on base with one step and steals the second and DJ is DJing, and Judge got a head start on the count and finished it. And a good job by the pen that holds them back. A lot of good things happened tonight.
With homers in five straight games, a career high, Judge looks like what he’s always looked like growing up: Little League’s tallest kid.
“I really think he’s on a mission right now,” Boone said of his No.2 hitter, who erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run homerun in the second and repeated the act with a takeoff of two points. Matt Barnes in the eighth that sent the Yankees to their sixth straight victory and took baseball’s best record to 7-1.
The downer in the win was a poor second outing from starter James Paxton, who admitted his fastball wasn’t where it should be and was injured by two flying balls that should have been caught by center fielder Aaron Hicks , but went for the double in the first and third innings when the breeze took the balls farther than usual and the early skies made it difficult to see the ball. In his third major league start in left field, Miguel Andujar made a three-goal error in the third inning on a routine single from Xander Bogaerts that contributed two points. Bogaerts completed Paxton’s first homerun and fifth against Mike King.
” I am preoccupied. Trying to do everything I can to figure out what’s going on, ”Paxton said of the drop in speed. He gave up five runs (three earned) and seven hits in three innings after failing to get an out in the second inning of his first start. “It will take a little while to rebuild it. ”
With a power-laden formation, a two-point deficit isn’t much of a hole. However, when Barnes pulled out Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to start the eighth, the Yankees were on their last four strikeouts. It turned out they didn’t need the last three thanks to Tauchman’s eye and speed, LeMahieu’s clutch bat, and Judge’s brute strength. And adding a big dose of confidence that oozes from the Yankees dugout canoe.
“Only one of those games that we knew he was going to push ahead at some point,” said LeMahieu, whose middle single scored Tauchman in the tied second at 7-7. Three shots later, the judge crushed a 2-0 offer.
As for the Red Sox’s three home victories, the Yankees took it in stride.
“A tough game against the Red Sox as usual, but some guys pulled a few clutch shots and we came out with the win,” said Judge, who delivered the biggest hit of the season and accentuated the Red Sox. The Yankees rivalry is on hiatus.