Another Day, Another Set of Heroes, Another Win: NY 6 Bos 3 — Aug 17, 2020

Another day, another win, with new heroes. This time it was Luke Voit the hitting star, smashing 2 homers. Jordan Montgomery started and pitched well for 3.2 innings, but then the rains came and when the heavy thunderstorm was over, the Yankee bullpen took over.

Luis Avilan pitched a shutout inning, and then Mike King came in to pitch 3 solid innings (1 run, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts) to maybe become the biggest plus of the night for the Yanks, who swept the 4-game series against Boston and have now won 10 (ten) in a row against them.

Betting on Voit

Before the game, @NYYfanForever96 tweeted “I’m choosing Torres and Andujar to get a HR tonight. who are you picking?

We answered “We’ll take Luke Voit for 400, Alex.” We should have bet on this as Voit hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd, after Aaron Hicks had just doubled in the 1st run of the game. That made it 3-0 NY.

Estrada Got SHOT and Still Played Once

Boston got a run off Montgomery in the 4th but Thairo Estrada answered with a homer in the bottom of the 4th. Thairo Estrada, who, it was pointed out by several people on Twitter, several years ago “got shot, left the bullet in his leg for six months, and just kept playing baseball with no issues.”

Or as Emily Nyman put it, “Thairo Estrada was fucking shot in 2018 and has hit more home runs than Jacoby Ellsbury since then.

More Voit

Luke Voit hit ANOTHER homer in the 5th to make it 5-1, NY.

Boston left fielder Alex Verdugo continued to hurt the Yanks offensively — every game in this series — he hit an RBI ground-rules double to Deep left in the 6th to make it 5-2 NY.

Aaron Hicks countered with a homer in the 7th and that was it for the Yankee offense — Voit, Hicks, and Estrada got all the hits — all other Yanks were hitless.

Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance of the year in the 9th, and struggled through an inning allowing a run and 2 hits before getting the final strikeout of the 6-3 victory.


Martin Perez, the 6-foot lefty who spent many years with the Texas Rangers, started for the Sox — 3 innings 3 runs and left after the rain delay.

Luis Avilan was the first pitcher in after the rain delay for the Yanks and pitched that shutout inning. We are still scratching our head over Avilan on this pitching staff and getting a role growing in importance. He is pitching well! He is a journeyman’s journeyman already at age 31, and the most surprising Yankee of the season so far.

Yanks are now 16-6; Red Sox 6-17.

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