For the most part, this was a relatively good game for the Yankees. Luis Severino looked really good again, throwing seven shutout innings. Aaron Judge homered and made a nice catch diving into the stands. Greg Bird had a RBI double. Then the ninth inning nearly ruined it all.
The Red Sox threatened a rally against Aroldis Chapman, but the Yankees managed to escape the jam and hold on for a 3-1 win in Boston.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the second inning. After Starlin Castro reached on an error, birthday boy Judge homered to the bullpens in right, giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.
After that, both Severino and Rick Porcello put up zeroes on the scoreboard in the next several innings. It wasn’t until the sixth that another run crossed the plate.
In the top of the sixth inning, Porcello retired the first two hitter easily. He then went up 0-2 on Judge. However, the next four pitches were all balls and Judge drew a walk. After a wild pitch moved Judge to second, Bird doubled off the Green Monster, scoring Judge to make it 3-0.
The game returned to it’s usual state after that. Severino threw another two scoreless innings, and finished with three hits, two walks and six strikeouts in his seven innings. Dellin Betances pitched an easy eighth. The Yankees threatened to add some insurance runs but never managed to.
Then in the ninth, things got a little too close. Chapman walked Andrew Benintendi to start the inning. Following that, Mookie Betts doubled, putting two on and bringing the tying run to the plate. That potential run was former Yankee Chris Young, who grounded out, scoring Benintendi to make it 3-1. Chapman then walked Hanley Ramirez, putting the tying run on base and brining the winning run to the plate.
He eventually struck out the last two hitters after that, but the ninth contained so much unnecessary drama in what should have been a routine 3-1 win.