After sweeping Tuesday’s doubles schedule against the Red Sox, the Yankees decided to double the fun. Besieged starter Andrew Heaney surprisingly mowed down Boston’s lineup as the Bombers rallied against Nick Pivetta in the second, completing the three-game series sweep with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night in the Bronx.
After last week’s four-homer play-off against Heaney at Field of Dreams, you’d be forgiven if your first reaction to Xander Bogaerts’ solo shooting twice in the first thought of “Here we go again.” Fortunately, that was the extent of the damage caused by the Red Sox offensive. Heaney followed that home run by taking Rafael Devers out on strikes, then turned back-to-back innings one-two-three before running Hunter Renfroe to open the fourth. He would end up reaching third on a fielder’s pick and a wild pitch, but Heaney got JD Martinez to finish third to block Renfroe. Likewise, Kevin Plawecki opened the fifth with a single, but that’s all he would get.
In the end, Heaney completed seven strong innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out four and walking just two. It was by far his best performance in pinstripe – honestly, his only good performance in pinstripe – and while I remain skeptical of his level of performance, if he does, the AHL needs to be warned by the Yankees. . rotation.
The Red Sox pitching staff also largely held the Yankees in check, allowing just five base runners in six of the first seven innings in which the Bombers came home. Luckily for Heaney, the second run was all they would need. With the Yankees down 1-0, Giancarlo Stanton scored to throw the ball, and Rougned Odor followed with a walk. Gary Sánchez chose to load the bases. The smell almost ruined that almost getting thrown in a second, but it was thankfully declared safe during an exam.
Brett Gardner flew to the center, bringing Stanton on the sacrifice fly for the first inning of the Yankees game. Andrew Velazquez then stunned Red Sox fans by bringing in Odor with a single to make it 2-1, New York:
Velazquez then stole second place, which helped to avoid a double game when DJ LeMahieu took third place. Both runners then scored on an Anthony Rizzo crash against the glove of their first baseman, Bobby Dalbec, giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
A total of nine batters came home in the second inning. Four singles, two walks, a stolen base and a sacrificial volley totaled four points. Exactly how the Yankees crafted it in March.
Due to quality relief from Garrett Richards, it took a while for the Yankees to score an insurance run, but they had their chance against Josh Taylor in the eighth. Sánchez doubled up with one out, reached third place when Gardner took second and scored when Velazquez shot a single to give the team a 5-1 lead. His output in this series compared to Boston as a whole was astounding:
Yankees forward Andrew Velazquez has scored four points in this series, which is the total number of points the Red Sox has scored in those three games.
– Alex Speier (@alexspeier) August 19, 2021
Unfortunately, the bullpen does not understand the concept of “easy”.
Zack Britton pitched a scoreless eighth inning as he continues to try to prepare for the stretch run, but Aroldis Chapman was not so lucky. Fresh out of IL in the ninth, he gave Renfroe a monster homerun, bringing the Red Sox down to three. Chapman then sandwiched a Groundout between a walk from Bogaerts and a single from Martinez, bringing the tie run to the plate in the form of Plawecki and summoning manager Aaron Boone from the dugout.
The skipper asked Lucas Luetge to bail out his nominal tie-up, and with the help of the defense, the veteran southpaw did the job of converting his first save in nine years:
To cap off a day of two RBIs and a four RBIs streak, Velazquez made a great dip into the hole to get the Yankees’ paddock out of the jam and secure the sweep of the series. Oh, and that was a really good Rizzo scoop on that throw as well.
With the win, the Yankees improve to 69-52. Due to typical Orioles shit, no gain was made over the Rays, but thanks to a White Sox victory over the As, New York has now improved their lead in the Wild Card race against Boston and Oakland to a full match. The Blue Jays fell behind the Mariners tonight with a nasty loss to the Nationals, so Seattle is actually a game closer than Toronto, although neither are terribly close at the moment:
The Yankees will be back in action tomorrow night as the disappointing Minnesota Twins arrive in town. Jameson Taillon recovers the ball for the Bombers against John Gant; the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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