Gleyber Torres went 4-4, Gerrit Cole pitched 7 strong innings, and Gary Sanchez massacred a pitch into the Coronavirus empty bleachers in left for the easy 10-3 Yankee win on a beautiful, 75-degree Friday night in the Bronx (with no fans there).
This ball was fucking massacred. pic.twitter.com/JQ5AgiueaO
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 15, 2020
Gary Sanchez also threw out a runner early in the game with a perfect strike to 2nd.
Like, don't run on Gary Sanchez ever again? Just some words of advice 🦑 pic.twitter.com/4vODRJFfM8
— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken) August 14, 2020
As Emily Nyman put it on Twitter, “Sanchez is really putting the fat & lazy community on the map.”
Sanchez is really putting the fat & lazy community on the map
— Emily Nyman (@EmSheDoesIt) August 15, 2020
There were other Yankee heroes — DJ LeMahieu broke out of an 0 for 1 slump by getting a hit his first time up; finishing 2-5 to lower his batting average to .429. Mike Tauchman doubled in a run in the 5th, singled in a run in the 7th, and singled in 2 more runs in the 8th to finish 3-5 with 4 RBI’s.
And Clint Frazier Ripped a double to drive in a run in the 7th.
Boston’s Depleted Pitching
The Red Sox threw Colten Brewer and their bullpen at the Yanks; Boston devastated by a change to their starting pitching this year, with Chris Sale out with Tommy John surgery, David Price traded to LA, Rick Porcello signing with the Mets as a free agent, and Eduardo Rodriguez out for the year with a heart issue. And Mookie Betts was traded too.
Cole dominated, and the Yankee batters were too much for the depleted Red Sox pitching staff. Boston is now 6-14. The Yanks are in 1st with a 13-6 record.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 15, 2020
Holder Couldn’t Hold ‘Em Again
The Yanks held a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th, and with Jonathan Holder warming in the pen, Yankee fans on twitter were hoping for 4 or 5 insurance runs. The Yanks got 3 insurance runs, taking an 8-1 lead into the top of the 8th.
Holder walked the first batter he faced in top of the 8th (Kevin Pillar) , walked the second batter (Jackie Bradley Jr., and allowed a single to 2nd baseman Jonathan Arauz to load the bases with nobody out. Boston left fielder Alex Verdugo (who had homered earlier) grounded into a fielder’s choice to score a run, and then Rafael Devers singled in a run to make it 8-3 and Holder was gone.
Adam Ottavino, Silly 83mph Slider. 🤭 pic.twitter.com/TYxucUXNBc
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 15, 2020
Ben Heller pitched an uneventful 9th.
Judge to IL
Before the game it was announced Aaron Judge was being put on the 10-day Injury List with a sore calf. That brought ire from Yankee twitter — some who had predicted this after manager Aaron Boone swore Judge was A-Ok the other day after lifting him for apparently no reason in the 5th after hitting a homerun.