Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Yankees looking to sweep Red Sox

Yankees looking to sweep Red Sox

Rare is the night lately when songs by Drake and Cardi B are not blasting out of the Yankees' clubhouse after yet another win. The go-ahead shot ended up being just enough for the Red Sox, who this time held on in the eighth and ninth to beat the Yankees 5-4 and return to a tie atop the American League East with NY. It'll be nice to be in NY and play in front of that crowd.

Boston has won all seven games that Rodriguez has started this season, although his own performance has been far from consistent. But thanks to the short porch in right field, Martinez hit his ninth homer of the season off a 97.4 miles per hour four-seamer from Dellin Betances. The real takeaway from this game is how well Rodriguez pitched while he was in the game. Kelly was welcomed to NY by a cascade of boos, after being celebrated in Boston with standing ovations at a Bruins playoff game, and during his first appearance after the fight. That made it 4-3. David Peralta and Daniel Descalso had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks.

Tyler Mahle gave up only an unearned run over five innings Thursday, and Scooter Gennett drove in three runs with three hits as Cincinnati rallied for a victory at Los Angeles. Since joining the Red Sox in 2015, he is 6-5 with a 2.44 ERA in 10 starts against NY. He stranded eight runners over the first three innings.

Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in a 9-3 loss to the Mariners. Raisel Iglesias recorded the final four outs for his fifth save. He struck out five and walked no one.

Pham came home on a Jose Martinez sacrifice fly in the first inning.

It is worth noting Kelly did bounce back with a scoreless eighth following Martinez's homer, and Kimbrel earned the save against the top of the Yankees order, but the prior inning can not be dismissed. It was the Yankees' 10th comeback win of the season. Bud Norris picked up his eighth save with a flawless ninth inning.

Despite hitting.309/.382/.597 with 34 doubles, 32 home runs and 114 RBI at Triple-A Reno last season, Walker is still trying to carve out a role at the Major League Baseball level.

Rookie Gleyber Torres swung a hot bat for the Yankees last week, going 8-for-23 with two home runs and nine RBI.

Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, who fell to 6-9 at home this season.

Joe Kelly replaced Hembree and walked Brett Gardner on four pitches to force in a run and cut New York's deficit to 4-1.

It's still early, but the decision to sign Miles Mikolas to a two-year, $15.5 million deal after a three-year stint in Japan is looking like a good one.

Another area where the Yankee lineup has improved thanks to the guys at the bottom is hitting with runners in scoring position. Didi Gregorius sent a bouncer to second for an RBI fielder's choice and the wild pitch made it a new game with two innings left. Salvador Perez hit a grand slam for the Royals.

Like this: