Game 123: NYY vs. BOS — Rubber match dropped

Sonny Gray actually had a pretty decent outing in this afternoon’s finale against the Red Sox, but there was almost nothing on the Yankees offensive side that could help overcome even the smallest moments of strength for the Red Sox today. Gray threw 106 pitches in his 5 innings and gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs without striking out a single batter. In the 2nd, a 1-out single and 2-out single scored on a big triple to get the Red Sox on the board and in the lead early.

Adam Warren came on in the 6th. He gave up a 1-out single that advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, moved to 3rd on a ground out, and then scored on a single. Then the Yankees called on their new middle reliever — Aroldis Chapman — to finish the inning with a solid strikeout. He basically sailed his way through 4 outs, 2 of which were great strikeouts. Not a bad way to “reset” his pitching after his struggles.

Tommy Kahnle came on in the 8th inning and struggled his way through 3 batters, giving up a walk, a double, and 2-RBI double to ensure the Red Sox’s lead. Caleb Smith continued the struggle a bit, giving up a walk and single to load the bases before getting a quick 3 outs to escape the jam, thanks in part to the stellar defense on show this week from the Yankees.

But unfortunately, like I said at the top of the post, the offense for the Yankees was basically non-existent this afternoon at Fenway, only collecting 3 hits and 3 walks, and only from the Red Sox’s starter. Their lone run came as Brett Gardner’s 5th inning 1-out solo home run, his 20th of the season.

It was simply not enough.

Final score: 5-1

The Yankees are off tomorrow before beginning their mid-week series against the Tigers. Then they’ll head back to the Bronx for a long homestand, which will include (you guessed it!) the Red Sox again (in 2 weekends). But on a positive note, it will be the last time the Yankees and Red Sox face off in the regular season.

Anyway, the Yankee are back to being 5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, but still solidly in the Wild Card race, leading it actually. But there’s still 39 games left in the season, so everything is still up for grabs, at least for those in the running for postseason like the Yankees and Red Sox.

Next weekend is the first annual “Players Weekend“. So while the Yankees will host the visiting Mariners, all the players will wear specially made jerseys, hats, socks, and gear. For the first time ever, the Yankees players will wear names on the backs of their jerseys. Well, specially selected nicknames actually. And game-worn jerseys will be sold at a special auction to support a charity close to the players’ heart — youth baseball. But in the mean time, you can buy your own replicas if you’d like.

So, Yankee Universe will be cheering on “All Rise”, “D-Dawg”, “Kraken”, “Chief”, and “Pickles“. Here’s a list of other players’ chosen nicknames around the league. It should be a fascinating series against the Mariners for the sake of enjoying “Players Weekend” alone.

Go Yankees!

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