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Tonight’s matchup was a highly talked about matchup. This was one of the biggest games of the season for the Yankees. It was a battle of the aces as Yankees young stud Luis Severino went toe to toe with CY young favorite, Chris Sale. The Yankees have never lost to Sale, and they looked to keep it that way.
One of the hottest hitters on the team right now, Chase Headley hit a solo shot off of Sale in the bottom of the 3rd inning. In the 4th the Yankees added on with back to back home runs. Both solo shots coming from Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier. Until tonight, Chris Sale hadn’t allowed 3 HRs in a game since July 8, 2016 w/ White Sox.
The Yankees continued to make Sale work, his night was done after 109 pitches and 4 1/3 innings of work, giving up 3 solo HRs. The Yankees weren’t done yet. The bottom of the 6th was the turning point of this game. With the bases loaded and 2 outs Gary Sanchez grounded a ball to Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers. Devers made a diving play and fired to first and got Sanchez out. The play was way too close not to challenge it.
The Yankees challenged the play and it was indeed overturned. The next batter, Starlin Castro ripped a bases clearing double to right field scoring 3 runs. The very next batter, Aaron Judge. Judge had been struggling very bad since the All-Star break and hasn’t been able to get anything going. Until finally, Judge connected on a 2 run blast. His 38th HR this season traveled 469 feet into the left field stands.
On the other side of things Luis Severino continued to amaze with his great pitching. He picked up his 200th strikeout on the season and he’s only the 2nd Yankee ever with a 200-strikeout season at age 23 or younger, his final line: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 K.
The bullpen did a good job of closing this one out. Tommy Kanhle entered the 7th and struck out 2 and stranded 2 runners. Chasen Shreve entered the 8th inning and struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 inning. Giovanny Gallegos came in the 9th and struggled a bit but finally closed it out.
Honorable mentions- Jacoby Ellsbury ( 3 hits ) Brett Gardner ( Walk, run scored ) Gary Sanchez ( RBI, run scored )
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