After Tuesday night’s game being rained out, the Yankees and Red Sox were finally able to get things going tonight. Dominant pitching and a few runs were enough for the Yankees to improve to 12-7 on the season as they defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1.
It just so happens that today was also Yankees rising star Aaron Judge’s birthday, and boy did he have a great game. Aaron judge came to the plate in the 2nd inning with Starlin Castro on base, and sent the first pitch he saw the opposite way into the bullpen in right field for a 2-run home run. In the 3rd, he also made a diving catch along the right field foul territory that sent him into the bleachers; shades of Derek Jeter on the mind. He came up with the ball but it took the umpires several minutes to finally rule the play an out. In the 7th, Judge drew a walk and scored when Greg Bird hit a ball off of the Green Monster for a double. 3 runs would be all the Yankees needed.
Yankees’ pitcher Luis Severino pitched a phenomenal 7 innings giving up only 3 hits, walking 2 batters, and striking out 6. In the 8th, Dellin Betances was called out of the bull-pen and got things done striking out 2 in a clean inning. In the 9th, flame thrower Aroldis Chapman came in and struggled throwing over 30 pitches and giving up 1 run in the misty rain. The Red Sox had the winning run at the plate late but Chapman got out of a dramatic inning with a strikeout to end the game.
The Yankees and Red Sox are back at it tomorrow night.