A Neatly Wrapped Win — Yankees 5 Red Sox 2 — Aug 1, 2020

Aaron Judge hit a homer in the bottom of the 1st inning — his 4th straight game with a home run — and Gio Urshela followed in the 2nd inning with a Grand Slam — giving the Yanks a 5-0 lead and that was all they needed.

Masahiro Tanaka was lifted in the 3rd inning due to a pitch count limit (after he got zonked on the head with a line drive last month) — he allowed 1 run in 2.2 innings pitched, and then the Yankee bullpen came in to limit the Red Sox to only one more run thru 6.1 innings. Luis Avilan relieved Tanaka and pitched a shutout 1.1 innings.  Nick Nelson pitched 3 shutout, no-hit innings — striking out 4 — to become the pitching hero of the game.

David Hale got into trouble in the 9th with runners on the corners and 2 out, but got out of it with a strikout for the final out — in fact he struck out 3 batters in the 9th.

Zack Godley started and took the loss for the Red Sox.

Offensively, besides Judge and Urshela — Mike Tauchman got 3 hits and Luke Voit got 2 hits. Gary Sanchez got his first hit of the year.

The Yanks are now 5-1 after this neatly wrapped win.

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