The Yankees started this series with a chance to gain ground in the AL East standings. Instead, they have played like garbage and watched the division slip further and further away. For the second straight day, the offense looked lost at the plate. They managed just one hit off of Rick Porcello last night, and were completely shut down by Nathan Eovaldi today. This loss puts them 8.5 games back in the standings.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad debut for Chance Adams. He missed some of his spots early on, and the Red Sox did jump on the mistakes. In the first inning, Andrew Benintendi singled to shallow center, then Mitch Moreland sent a slider into the right field seats. Adams settled down after that, not giving up another hit until the fourth when J.D. Martinez hit a solo shot over the left field wall. Three runs off of three hits with two strikeouts and just one walk is not bad at all, especially for a debut outing.
A three-run deficit is not usually insurmountable, but it was tonight. Through the first six innings, the Yankees managed just two hits (leadoff singles off the bats of Brett Gardner and Miguel Andujar). Giancarlo Stanton doubled to left to start the seventh, but the offense left him stranded. Somehow those were the only three hits that the Yankees mustered against Eovaldi. Maybe the Yankees should have traded for him.
Chad Green took over in the sixth inning and picked up two strikeouts over a scoreless inning. The Red Sox’s only other run came off of A.J. Cole. With two outs in the seventh, Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back singles, which brought Sandy Leon to the plate. The catcher smacked a ball down the third base line and into the seats. It was originally ruled foul, but Boston challenged the call and it was surprisingly overturned. The ball must have just grazed the chalk, and it didn’t seem like there was conclusive enough evidence on the replay. Even the NESN booth didn’t think the call would be overturned. It was ultimately ruled a ground-rule double, and Nunez got to go home.
The Yankees love a ninth inning rally, and they did try to start a two-out comeback. Craig Kimbrel entered the game and promptly struck out Neil Walker and Gardner. It looked like the Bombers would go quietly until Stanton smacked another double, and Didi Gregorius followed with a double of his own. That ended the shutout, at least. Kimbrel lost the strike zone and walked Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres to load the bases. Greg Bird flew out to end yet another frustrating Yankees game.
This series will wrap up tomorrow night with Masahiro Tanaka set to take the mound opposite of David Price. The Yankees will either end their losing streak at four games, or get swept by Boston. You can catch the game on ESPN at 8:05 ET.