Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Sonny Gray had another awful outing today. He has now surrendered a whopping 12 earned runs to the Red Sox across just five and one-third innings this season. It is ridiculously frustrating to watch him pitch, and the Yankees really need to make some improvements to the rotation. Do something, Cashman.
After starting the game with two quick outs, Gray just couldn’t get the third. He had two strikes against both J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland, but failed to put them away. With two on, Xander Bogaerts hit a single just shallow enough that Martinez was held up at third. Not for long, though. Rafael Devers followed with a grand slam into the first row in left to give Boston the early lead.
The Red Sox were back at it in the second inning. Sandy Leon smacked a leadoff double to the right field wall, then Andrew Benintendi brought him home on an RBI single. A Martinez sac fly made it 6-0. Gray went back out for the third inning, and promptly gave up back-to-back singles. That was enough to chase him from the game.
Unfortunately, the Yankees had the bad luck of facing Chris Sale. The offense absolutely could not get anything going against him. Their only real chance came in the first inning. Sale started his outing by drilling Aaron Hicks in the shin. Aaron Judge struck out swinging, then Giancarlo Stanton scorched a ball right up the middle. That ended up being the Yankees’ ONLY hit through the first eight innings. Austin Romine and Brett Gardner made their way on base via walk, and Gleyber Torres singled in the ninth. Those were the only baserunners of the night. Awful.
Warren shut down the Red Sox for a couple of innings, and ended the night as the only Yankee pitcher not to surrender a run. Boston tacked on three runs against Giovanny Gallegos, including a towering two-run shot by Leon that made it to the second deck. Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve each gave up a run during their respective innings of work.
This one hurt, but the Yankees still have the chance to win the series tomorrow. Luis Severino will face off against David Price at 8:05 ET on ESPN. In the meantime, Brian Cashman better be on the phone looking for starting pitchers.