Things didn’t go well the last time the Yankees took on the Red Sox in a four-game set, all of five days ago. This series got off to a better start, as the Yankees won a 4-2 contest in which all the scoring came in the first frame. Perhaps most importantly, the Yankees got another solid outing from a starting pitcher, just what they need after last week’s debacle.
Winner(s) of the Game
This was a well-pitched game, and while Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez didn’t end up with a particularly pretty line, he did a fine job limiting the Yankee lineup outside of one major mistake. That one mistake, of course, was Gleyber Torres’ first-inning grand slam:
A Beautiful Baby Grand pic.twitter.com/bx6bpWBzPl— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 2, 2019
That four-run four-bagger provided all the support James Paxton and Co. would need. Paxton was sharp, working around another poor first inning to put together a six-inning, two-hit, two-run start with six strikeouts. This is exactly the kind of performance the Yankees want to see from the big left-hander.
Loser of the Game
There was no real loser on the Yankee side of things tonight, which is typical of a game in which the pitching staff yields just three hits. While the lineup only managed five hits, they did consistently put runners on base to keep the threat of scoring alive at all times. The only starters to fail to reach base were Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks