Good to see not a whole lot changed over the All-Star break. The Yankees were the second best team on the field in their second half opening 5-3 loss to the Red Sox, which dropped their postseason odds to a mere 5.0% as of this writing. Not-so-fun fact: at 44-45, the Yankees are under .500 in the second half for the first time since 1995.
I didn’t see one pitch of tonight’s game and I checked the score on my phone only three times: 1-0, 3-0, 5-0. Those are the scores I saw. I didn’t bother to check again after seeing 5-0. The box score tells me Michael Pineda gave up five runs in five innings, including three homers, so it seems he’s back to his early season antics. That’s a big development for #TeamSell.
The Yankees mustered four hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch in nine innings against Steven Wright and various relievers. Eleven of the final dozen batters they sent to the plate made outs, so there was no late rally in this one. The Yankees went out quietly. The Red Sox offense averaged 4.28 pitches per plate appearance. The Yankees averaged 3.39. Yup.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Red Sox resume this series Saturday afternoon. That’s a 4pm ET start. Lefties CC Sabathia and Eduardo Rodriguez will be on the mound.
Minor League Update: I have neither the time nor the energy for a full DotF tonight. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: Ben Gamel had two hits, Luis Severino allowed three runs in 6.2 innings, Dustin Fowler had three hits, Vicente Campos tossed six scoreless, Domingo Acevedo struck out nine in six innings, Hoy Jun Park had three hits, Mandy Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 20 games, and Blake Rutherford had two doubles and a triple in Pulaski’s doubleheader.