Yanks Take 9th Straight from Red Sox: NY 4 Boston 2 — Aug 16, 2020

J.A. Happ pitched terrifically — a 3-hitter into the 6th inning — and Mike Ford provided much of the offense — a 2-run homer and 3 RBI — to help the Yankees beat Boston for the 3rd straight time in this 4-game series, and the 9th straight time overall on this Sunday night at Yankee Stadium; another nationally televised game.

And that was all there was to say about that.

The Details

The details: the Yanks jumped on top in the bottom of the 1st on a Ford RBI single, and added a run in the 2nd on an Aaron Hicks RBI double to plate Brett Gardner.

Kevin Pillar cut the deficit to 2-1 on a homer in the 3rd., but Mike Ford’s 2-run homer made it 4-1 in the bottom of the 3rd.

Adam Ottavino and Chad Green provided shutout relief ball for the Yanks. Zack Britton came on for the save in the 9th and got into a bit of trouble, allowing a run on a wild pitch but getting the final strikeout with a runner on and the tieing run at the plate. There wasn’t a lot of agita but it took a while. Britton ended up striking out the side in the 9th.

Boston’s Bullpen Stingy

Boston threw their bullpen at the Yanks again, led by Chris Mazza, and followed by 3 shutout innings by Ryan Weber, then shutout innings by Ryan Brasier, and Marcus Walden. This time the Boston pitching held the Yanks in check — prohibiting them from running up the score in the late innings like they did the previous two nights; but the Yank pitching was even stingier.

How’d the Hitters Do?

Gleyber Torres continued to hit out of his slump — 2 for 4 to raise his average 20 points to .254. Mike Tauchman continued his torrid hitting — 2 for 4 he is now at .357 and bats 3rd with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and DJ LeMahieu all out. Aaron Hicks is looking good at the plate — the RBI double and a walk he was 1-3.

Gio Urshela, Gary Sanchez, and Clint Frazier all got hits.

For Boston, Alex Verdugo the leftfielder continued his torrid hitting — he went 2-4. He also threw out Tauchman trying to stretch a single into a double in the 3rd with a terrific throw from left.

The Yanks are now 15-6; Boston 6-16 — with one final game in the 4-game series set for Monday night at the Stadium — Jordan Montgomery vs Martin Perez.

The Boxscore




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