Last Sunday, Nathan Eovaldi and David Price squared off in a game that the Yankees ultimately lost 7-8. Eovaldi was hit hard, and the Yankees needed him to right the ship today. Thankfully, he was able to do just that as the Yankees won 8-2 to earn the series win today.
The Red Sox got on the board first in the second inning after Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Brock Holt brought him home on a single through the left side. Their only other run came in the fifth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr hit a solo shot to right field. It's safe to say that Eovaldi was a-maz-ing through eight as he recorded six strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. He also gave the Yankees some much needed length and allowed them to rest the bullpen. After eight innings, his pitch count was up to 107 so the Yankees lifted him in favor of Nick Goody. Goody pitched a clean inning with two strikeouts to end the game.
For some reason, the Yankees' offense tends to do well against Price and today was no different. Even struggling Chase Headley picked up two singles in this game. The Yankees tied up the game in the third inning after Headley singled and Austin Romine hit an RBI double to right center. In the fourth inning, Starlin Castro and Mark Teixeira hit back to back singles then Dustin Ackley walked to load the bases. Didi Gregorius smacked a ball down the right field line to clear the bases and give the Yankees a three-run lead.
The Yankees scored two more in the fifth after Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double. Aaron Hicks also got in on the action with a bases-loaded sac fly in the sixth. Romine (who has quietly been hitting well) drove in the final run of the game in the eighth after just missing a home run to left field.
The Yankees will go for the sweep tomorrow with Luis Severino on the mound. Steven Wright will get the start for the Red Sox at 8:05 EST on ESPN.