The calendar has turned to September and the Yankees are playing meaningful baseball again up in Boston. The first game in the series the Yankees could not pull it out. Game two of the series went the Yankees way, as Michael Pineda took the ball, and looked like the Pineda we all saw through the first half of the season.
The offense started in the bottom of the third as the Red Sox were able to score first, and take the early lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. continued his hot streak with a double in the third. Then, with two outs, Pablo Sandoval got a base hit, scoring Jackie Bradley Jr.
Fortunately, Michael Pineda was able to get the next batter out to end the inning without any further damage.
The Yankees were able to bounce back in the top of the fifth. Alex Rodriguez got the inning started with a single. Then with two outs Didi Gregorius hit a ball down the line, and thanks to an error by the Red Sox fist basemen, Travis Shaw, the Yankees runners advanced to second and third with two outs. The hot hitting Stephen Drew was next, and what do you know, he came up with a clutch hit. Drew hit a double in the gap scoring both runs. The Yankees took the lead 2-1, and did not look back.
The Yankees were able to add an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs it looked like another 1-2-3 inning for Rick Porcello, but Brett Gardner had different ideas. Gardner was able to take advantage of a hanging slider and hit a solo home run to make the score 3-1.
Tonight’s game was a good old fashion pitching duel. Rick Porcello, who has struggled this year, had a fantastic night. Porcello had a career high in strikeouts with 13 K’s.
Unfortunately for Porcello he was still stuck with the loss. Michael Pineda was out there, and looked great. Pineda had pinpoint control and was able to strikeout 7 without walking any Red Sox hitters in his six innings of work.
The bullpen stepped up, and was able to get the final nine outs, and even this three game series with the last place Red Sox. The Yankees and Red Sox will finish this series tomorrow at an unusual time, 4 pm EST. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound, and looks to get another series win for the Yankees.
Unfortunately the Blue Jays came aways with a 5-3 victory in 10 innings over the Cleveland Indians tonight, and the Yankees again were unable to gain any sort of ground in the race for first place in the AL East.
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