Disaster #1. BoSox Pen Shuts Down Yanks in 1st Game of Doubleheader. Boston 6 NY 2

All looked good at the start as a Gleyber Torres homer put the Yanks up 2-0 in the top of the 1st against Red Sox “opener” Kaleb Ort, and Clarke Schmidt looked Great on the mound — pitching a shutout thru 4 innings.

But the Red Sox got to Schmidt for 2 runs in the 5th to tie the game, and then got to Michael King in the 6th for 3 runs after King got the first 2 outs. Meanwhile the Yankee offense could not score another run in the next 8 innings against the Red Sox pen — former starter Nick Pivetta doing the most damage with 3 no-hit, shutout innings.

On a Sunday afternoon in Boston — Father’s Day — the game the first of a double header due to Saturday night’s game being rained out.

“We just have a few of our guys — especially guys that we lean on — kind of going thru it right now,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “I thought Rizz had better at bats today; just missed one off Pivetta Overall he looked more like Rizz; was able to get a hit the last time. We have to get a few of our guys going. Bottom line it’s been tough for us to put points up right now and we have to do a better job of that.”

1. Gleyber HR Jump Starts Yanks

All looked good early when the Yanks jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the 1st off Kaleb Ort — Jake Bauers led off with a double, and after Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Gleyber Torres hit a 415-foot homer to center.


2. Schmidt Great

Clarke Schmidt has looked Great through his last 5 starts and looked Great this afternoon — pitching shutout ball through the first 4 innings, his breaking pitches Moving, and his fastball crisp.

Schmidt was helped in the 2nd by a terrific play by Anthony Volpe at shortstop.

But after getting the 1st out of the 5th, he walked lefty Alex Verdugo and Justin Turner ripped a double to left. Rafael Devers grounded out for a run and 2-1 game.

Schmidt went 0-2 on centefielder Adam Duvall — a strike away from getting out of the inning with a 2-1 lead. But Duvall hit an 85-MPH sweeper for a single to left and 2-2 tie.

Manager Aaron Boone pulled Schmidt at 84 pitches — bringing in Michael King who got the final out.

3. Rizzo Just Misses In 6th

Jake Bauers doubled again to lead off the 6th, sending Chris Murphy — who had come in during the 3rd inning — to the showers. Nick Pivetta came in and struck out Stanton and got Gleyber on a fly before Anthony Rizzo smoked one to Deep center that was caught by Duran at the wall.

4. King Ripped

King got the first 2 outs of the 6th, but then Disaster happened: starting with an infield single to 3rd on a 3-2 pitch by Enrique Hernandez. And then:

  • Double by Connor Wong for a run,
  • Double by Alex Verdugo for a run, and
  • Single by Justin Turner for a run.

Red Sox 5 NY 2.

5. No Offense

And that was the game. The Yankees got 2 hits after the 1st inning. The double by Bauers in the 6th, and a single by Anthony Rizzo with 2 outs in the 9th.

  • Ort pitched 2.1 innings;
  • Chris Murphy pitched 2.2 shutout innings with pretty curveballs (the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings),

  • Nick Pivetta pitched the 6th thru 8 innings of no-hit, shutout ball, and
  • Former Yank Chris Martin pitched a shutout 9th for the old ballgame.

The Boxscore



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