Well, it was competitive for one set, but the class gap between these two ball clubs really showed throughout this game and lasted. The Yankees never really threatened the Boston pitchers in this one, while the reverse was true for the home team. The Red Sox constantly put pressure on the Yankees pitching staff and were batting all night en route to an easy 4-2 victory.
The Yankees’ first inning was both encouraging and frustrating. DJ LeMahieu started with a single but was erased on a double set by Aaron Judge. Gary Sánchez then lined up a single from opposite field, but Giancarlo Stanton struck out to end the first half. Jordan Montgomery pulled the team out in order in the bottom half, but not without some drama, including Gleyber Torres’ smooth sliding play on a Michael Chavis pitch and a foul ball from JD Martinez that just caught on. to the right of the Pesky Pole.
The Yankees went quietly at the top of the second, although the same can’t be said of the Red Sox in the bottom frame. Montgomery loaded goals with no outs on a pair of singles from Xander Bogaerts and Hunter Renfroe sandwiched around a Rafael Devers walk. Bogaerts scored on a sack volley by Enrique Hernández flyball in the middle.
Bobby Dalbec then appeared to have come out harmless in foul territory on first base. However, Luke Voit trailed after catching the ball, allowing Devers to score from second on a foul ball hit a few yards from first. Connor Wong scored to put the runners in the corners, but Montgomery limited the damage to 2-0 by inducing a Chavis out.
Things only got worse in the third. Montgomery got two quick outs and appeared to have turned around, but the winds of doom and incompetence returned with a vengeance. Bogaerts crushed a brace in the middle, after which the Red Sox extended their lead to 3-0. Devers and Renfroe hit back-to-back singles in the infield, a pair of early bang-bang plays on balls hitting under 70 mph. Devers tackled Bogaerts and a march from Hernández reloaded the bases, although Montgomery escaped the round with a flyout from Dalbec.
It took the Yankees five more innings to offer any semblance of resistance against Eovaldi, who was unfazed throughout his departure. LeMahieu and Judge had a pair of singles with a sixth putout, but Sánchez had a double play to end the set and maintain the status quo.
To be fair, Montgomery wasn’t even that bad tonight. Five of the eight hits against him haven’t even left the infield. Sometimes the BABIP gods just have it for you. That said, the number of hits in the infield makes me question the positioning of the Yankees infielders. They might have mountains of data on the opposition, but it doesn’t seem like they’re interpreting it correctly. Either way, Montgomery’s last line for the night: six innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks and five strikeouts on 94 pitches.
Albert Abreu came in seventh and, well, if you’ve watched Yankees baseball the past two years, you know how it ends. Chavis started off with a single, Martinez moved him to third with a double and Bogaerts tackled him with a fly sack to take the score to 4-0 for the Red Sox.
The Yankees managed to avoid complete humiliation as LeMahieu placed their first inning with a solo shot from the opposite field in the Red Sox box in the eighth. It was the seventh of the year for DJ and knocked Eovaldi out of the game.
That ball is… gone! In the enclosure! So, DJ LeMahieu takes a breaking ball and hits it in the opposite direction where most of his home runs go. pic.twitter.com/pSmOGRUpit
– Appels John Sterling (@JSterlingCalls) June 27, 2021
Hirokazu Sawamura came with relief and turned out to be a real tease. He went through the loaded bases bringing Adam Ottavino into the game and Luke Sees to the flat. Ottavino continued his revenge tour against the Yankees, failing Sees harmlessly and keeping him 4-1. In typical Yankees fashion in 2021, they left the bases loaded and scored the minimum given the situation.
Ottavino completed the stop to four, but with a little extra excitement. Torres had a single with one out along the straight field line and Brett Gardner walked on a walk with two outs to put the runners in first and second. LeMahieu lined up a single down the middle for his fourth hit of the game, but mostly to tackle the Yankees’ second point. Just as hope began to set in, Judge ended the game.
So that’s it, 4-2 is your final score. The Red Sox win the series and will look to sweep the Yankees tomorrow afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET, with Gerrit Cole taking on Eduardo Rodríguez. Hope to see you in the game thread.
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