Yanks Sweep Bosox & Demolish Price AGAIN — Aug 4, 2019: NY 7 Boston 4

AP photo by Adam Hunger

When Aaron Judge hit the MASSIVE opposite field home run in the 1st inning in this game, you had a feeling it was only a matter of time before the Yankees ran up the score against David Price.

That time came in the 3rd inning, when with 2 outs and Judge on 1st base with a walk — Price couldn’t get the 3rd out of the inning. Gio Urshela homered, Brett Gardner doubled, Cameron Maybin doubled him home, Mike Ford singled in Maybin, Kyle Higashioka doubled, Mike Tauchman singled in two runs to make it 7-0, and Gleyber Torres walked. And Price was gone. Yankee Stadium gave him a standing ovation.

Darwinzon Hernandez came in to get the final out.

On the other hill, a happy J.A. Happ sailed through the first 4 innings — shutout ball, until he allowed home runs to Christian Vazquez and Michael Chavis. He got a big double play grounder to end the 5th. With the Yankee bullpen having been used extensively in the double header the day before, Aaron Boone asked Happ for one more inning — and he almost did it — getting the first 2 outs of the 6th, before allowing a single, a walk, a wild pitch and single by Andrew Benintendi for 2 runs and a 7-4 ballgame.

Cessa and Green

In came Luis Cessa to save the day. He walked his first batter but threw a beautiful slider that hit the dirt to strike out Michael Chavis to end the inning and pitched 2 more scoreless innings, in total command — letting the Red Sox hit the ball into easy outs. Chad Green came in for the 9th and threw smoke, striking out Jackie Bradley Jr.to end the game.

The Yankees got Chad Green and Luis Cessa from Detroit for Justin Wilson in December 2015 — a great trade.

What Was True in the Past Remained True

David Price failing again made me think of tweets from twitter past, like these:

And especially this one, where some guy named Yancy arrogantly derided my analysis that Price wasn’t a big-game pitcher, saying it was archaic:

Or this one:

David Price now is 1-7, 9.61 ERA in 8 starts at Yankee Stadium since joining Red Sox in 2016. Before the game, Price and wife had a child — during the game the Yankee bleachers taunted him with “Who’s Your Daddy” chants and Yankee Twitter reasoned that the Yankees were the grandfather to Price’s child.

Weber “Didn’t Have the Cheese to Pitch Up North”

With the Red Sox bullpen spent as well from the double header the day before, and Price not being able to get through the 3rd, Ryan Weber came to their rescue, pitching 4 scoreless innings of relief. According to Alex Rodriguez, an analyst for the game on ESPN, Weber is a good sinker-slider pitcher who they tried to make into a power pitcher but “he didn’t have the Cheese to pitch up north” and “you have to admire his conviction” to remain a sinker-slider pitcher. ARod said most pitchers today pitch North-South. Very interesting analysis.

The ESPN announcers took major flak from Yankee Twitter. ARod, Matt Vasgersian, and Jessica Mendoza dramatized the game throughout, and talked in awe inspiring tones, turning off listeners — many of whom literally turned off the sound, as stated on twitter.


Didi Gregorius was back playing shortstop. Before the game it was announced Aaron Hicks had pulled his flexor muscle in his right arm — so it was not an elbow issue as feared. Incredibly, Gio Urshela fouled consecutive pitches off his right knee in the 7th inning, but gamely remained in the game. But Gleyber Torres wasn’t playing 2nd anymore in the 8th — replaced by DJ LeMahieu — it was reported after the game he had injured his Core.

The game started an hour late — as the tarp was on for an expected thunderstorm that did not come. It was a beautiful, warm, dry summer evening with some thunderstorms that stayed west in New Jersey.

The Boxscore


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