Game 84: Red Sox at New York Yankees (June 30, 2018)

Hey Boston sports media, how do you like your overreaction now? A day after the Boston websites and talk show hosts were saying that the Red Sox "just aren't good enough to beat the Yankees," the Sox made both the talking heads and the Yankees look foolish. I spent the day getting ready to meet my parents (who are visiting from Boston) at the airport while my wife was watching our oldest daughter play in a travel tournament (her team swept all three of their games!). By the time we all gathered after the games at our house, we enjoyed dinner over some pizzas and watched the Red Sox return the favor by absolutely pummeling the Yankees.

Chris Sale was the anti-Eduardo Rodriguez in this game...he was utterly brilliant. He threw seven innings of one-hit ball, striking out eleven and only walking one. The Yankees couldn't get anything going against him and it was hopefully a harbinger of things to come from Sale in the postseason. The only other hit the Yankees got was in the ninth off of Hector Velazquez...otherwise, the team that hit everything the night before couldn't hit anything. Boston jumped all over Sonny Gray and the Yankees in the top of the first when Rafael Devers hit a grand slam to open up 4-0 lead. Andrew Benintendi and JD Martinez each drove in a run in the second to widen the gap and the rout was on. Starting in the sixth inning, the Red Sox kept piling it on; JD drove in another run in the sixth while Sandy Leon launched a two-run bomb in the seventh to make it 9-0. In the eighth, JD drove in another run and Brock Holt finished it off in the ninth with a single down the left field line (literally). The final score was 11-0 and it was delicious to embarrass the Yankees at home a day after they beat us pretty badly. Every Red Sox player except Mitch Moreland and Eduardo Nunez had at least a hit in this game and as a team, Boston outhit New York 17 to 2!

With this demolition, the Red Sox went back up a game in the division with one more to play before heading to Washington. Worst case scenario, they leave the Bronx tied with the Yankees. Best case, they leave up an extra game from when they came in. This is baseball at its best, when these two teams are both good and battling each other for supremacy. I only hope that David Price can finally break through and have a clutch performance in a high-pressure situation...he's the real wild card in all of this. We'll know a lot more about his makeup after the next game, that's for sure.

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