Photo courtesy of The Boston Herald
By: Ross Sutton
Last night, the Yankees won an epic game against the Red Sox by a score of 10-7. This game had everything, from lots of runs to a couple of fights throughout the game. After watching this incredibly entertaining game, I can say without a doubt, that the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is back and as good as ever.
This game started with action right away as the Yankees abused David Price as they usually do, scoring four runs in the first inning. Stanton hit a two-run triple and Gary Sanchez hit a two run home run to put the Yankees up early. Price then left the game after the first with what was reportedly a hand injury. In the bottom of the first, Hanley Ramirez tattooed a first pitch fastball from Masahiro Tanaka for a solo home run. Tanaka would go on to cruise through the next few innings as he would only need 20 pitches to get through the next three frames. Then, in the top of the third, Tyler Austin hit an RBI single that put the Yankees up by a score of 5-1. Following this single, Tyler Wade hit a sacrifice bunt to third baseman Rafael Devers to try to move Austin over to second. Pushing the ball a little too far down the line, Devers threw Austin out at second base. During Austin’s slide into second base, he attempted to take out shortstop Brock Holt and this resulted in Austin’s spikes making contact with Holt, but not enough to cause any injury to Holt. Holt did not take too kindly to this and words were exchanged between Austin and Holt which led to the benches clearing. As the benches cleared, no punches were thrown (this time) and it was mostly jawing back and forth between Austin and Holt.
The Yankees were then able to tack on three more runs in the top of the fourth as Brett Gardner scored on a Didi Gregorius sac fly and then Gary Sanchez hit yet another home run that brought Aaron Judge home from first. The Red Sox rallied in the fifth inning, scoring five runs which was topped off by J.D Martinez hitting a laser grand slam into the center field seats. This home run was followed up by a Mitch Moreland double but Tanaka was able to work out of trouble and escape the inning with the lead still in tact. The Yankees answered back though, scoring another two runs in the top of the sixth as Gardner scored on a Stanton single and Stanton later scored on a Gregorius sac fly.
Then, in the seventh inning, the benches cleared again in a much more violent fight. After throwing inside to Tyler Austin on the first pitch of the at bat and missing him by only a few inches, pitcher Joe Kelly plunked Austin in the upper body area. As this was clearly intentional, Austin slammed hit bat down and walked a few steps towards Kelly, and then ran at him and a fight broke out as both team’s benches were now out on the field. Not much happened during this fight as Austin and Kelly both came out in one piece. After Aaron Judge had Joe Kelly in a headlock about 4 seconds into the fight, the rest of the Red Sox team chose not to test their luck against the Yankees enormous team. Due to this scuffle, Austin, Kelly, Tommy Kahnle, and Phil Nevin were all ejected from the game. The rest of the inning would end quietly and the Yankees still maintained a 10-6 lead.
The Red Sox then looked to be starting a comeback in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman as they scored one run off of Chapman due to a wild pitch. With Christian Vazquez on third, Rafael Devers strukout to end the game, and the Yankees had won the long and eventful battle by a score of 10-7.
This was a huge win for the Yankees as they needed to get some momentum as they have not had a great start to the season. I think this will be the game that gets the juices flowing for this Yankees team as Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez are all now red hot. In the rubber match game tonight, the Yankees have Sonny Gray on the mound against Rick Porcello. I would assume that both sides will be more calm in tonight’s game but who knows. My biggest takeaway from last night’s game is that the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is officially back on, and I cannot wait to watch the rest of the games between these two teams during the season.
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