What better way to start one of the most talked about sports weekends of the year then with the New York Yankees opening their three game set with the Boston Red Sox. Today’s game will forever be remembered at the day that Alex Rodriguez hit home run number 660, tying him for fourth on the all-time list with Willie Mayes.
Let’s talk about what happened leading up to the historic milestone:
CC Sabathia got the start vs Justin Masterson. Sabathia went six solid innings, only giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three. He gave up a home run to Allen Craig in the fourth inning that just barely got over the green monster. Sabathia has always struggled in Fenway, but was able to get out of a few jams, and earned a quality start. He was in line to get the loss, but the Yankees were able to tie it up in the seventh. He’s still yet to record a win in 2015.
For the Red Sox, Justin Masterson went six plus innings giving up two runs, six hits, walking three and striking out two. The Yankees had an all lefty lineup, and struggled to put together a rally against the right hander (who usually struggles against lefty hitters).
In the top of the seventh inning the Yankees trailed 2-1 and Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a big walk. The Red Sox turned to their bullpen and called upon the left hander Tommy Layne. Then Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch with two outs. The ball also hit Ryan Hanigan, the Red Sox catcher, and he had to leave the game. Despite the shift’s best effort, Brian McCann was able to get a huge two out base hit that tied the game up at 2.
And then the milestone happened!
In the top of the 8th inning, the Yankees pinch-hit for Garrett Jones with the most interesting man in baseball, Mr. Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod was turned loose on a 3-0 pitched from Tazawa and sent a laser over the green monster. That home run was historic number 660 in his career. That home run also gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead, and eventually went on to be the winning run in the ball game.
The Yankees bullpen did their thing, and locked down the win, as Betances was dominant and Miller earned his ninth save in as many opportunities.
The Yankees and Red Sox will square off again at 1:30pm on Saturday, followed by the Kentucky Derby, some NBA and NHL playoff action and the fight of the century between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Go have a fun day tomorrow folks!!!! Also let us know down below what you think of A-Rod hitting 660, and who will win the fight!
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