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.
A-Aron off the bag 😮 pic.twitter.com/d8OJauftTe
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 16, 2020
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.
This Is Fordy. pic.twitter.com/H7rop00gRM
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 17, 2020
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.
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.