Don’t look now, but the Yankees have won two in a row and three of their last four games. They’ve scored at least seven runs three times in their last six games too. Are they turning it around? Possibly! For now I’m just happy with another win. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-2 Saturday afternoon. Let’s recap with bullet points, because it’s Saturday and I stayed up way too late writing last night’s recap.
- The Big Hit: Finally! It sure looked like the Yankees were going to blow that bases loaded situation in the fourth inning, but Didi Gregorius wouldn’t let it happen. He hooked David Price’s 0-2 changeup into the right field corner for a bases-clearing half-swing double to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead. It wasn’t even a bad pitch. Didi just went down and got it.
We could all feel the RISPFAIL coming when Gregorius fell behind in the count 0-2 against Price. Thankfully, it never did come. The Yankees have been waiting for a hit like that all season.
- Nasty Nate: It was not always pretty, but boy, give me two runs and eight innings out of Nathan Eovaldi eight days a week and twice on Sundays. He allowed the first run on a dumb little shift-beating squibber and the second on a solo homer, and those things happen. Eovaldi managed to hold the BoSox to two at-bats with runners in scoring position. That’s it. Nasty Nate finished with those two runs allowed on six hits and no walks in eight innings. He stuck out six. Huge outing. The Yankees absolutely needed that with the bullpen short. That’s four good to great starts in a row for the rotation, by the way.
- The Other Big Hit: The Yankees did it again! In the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees put two on with one out, and they again cashed in those runners. Carlos Beltran came up with the big two-strike, two-out double into the left field corner to score both runs and make it 6-2 Yankees. That was rather huge. They were going to need all the insurance they could get with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller unavailable. Price walked two and Beltran made him pay. B-e-a-utiful.
- Leftovers: Home plate umpire Chris Conroy had a very tight strike zone, and it definitely seemed like Price got screwed more than Eovaldi. Here’s the PitchFX zone plot … three Yankees had multiple hits: Chase Headley, Gregorius, and Austin Romine. How about that? Headley and Didi had two hits each, Romine had three … Aaron Hicks went 1-for-3 with a walk and a sac fly. He seems to be coming around a bit … everyone in the starting lineup reached base at least once … Nick Goody finished things off with a perfect ninth … this is the Yankees’ third series win of the season. They’ve played nine three-game series.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t forget to check our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages either. The Yankees and Red Sox will wrap this series up Sunday night on ESPN. Blah. Luis Severino and Steven Wright will be the pitching matchup.