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The first game of the best rivalry in baseball is in the books, and it was a slaughter from start to finish. Everything went right as the Boston Red Sox destroyed the Yankees, 14-1. The offense dominated and Chris Sale did Chris Sale things. The knack on this team was that they couldn’t beat strong competition. It’s only one game, but tonight the Sox put that narrative to rest.
The Boston Red Sox destroyed the Yankees in every phase of the game
The Boston Red Sox had their chance to blow the game open early. After Chris Sale make quick work of the Yankees, the Sox took the bats in the bottom of the first. Mookie Betts led the game off with a leadoff double, and Hanley Ramirez drove him in two batters later. The Sox proceeded to load the bases, and had a great opportunity to turn this into a blowout early. However, Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley couldn’t bring anyone home, and the Sox settled for a 1-0 lead.
While the Sox missed their chance in the first, they made the most of their opportunities in the second inning. Christian Vazquez led off with a single, and Mookie singled two batters later. With one out, Andrew Benintendi launched a triple down the right field line, scoring both runners and making it a 3-0 game. Hanley drove Benintendi in with a single, and the Sox pulled away with a 4-0 lead.
The Red Sox added to their lead in the fourth. After a Benintendi double put runners on first and second, Hanley drove home his third run of the night. The first baseman drove a deep shot to right that found the glove of Aaron Judge. While Hanley was out, the ball was hit deep enough for Mookie to tag up and make the score 5-0.
The top of the order kept dominating the next time through the lineup. Mookie doubled, Benintendi ripped a single, and Hanley walked to load the bases. JD Martinez missed a grand slam by about two inches, but still managed to score two runs on a double. The bats didn’t stop there, as the Red Sox added another six runs before the inning ended. While Martinez missed a grand slam, Mookie made up for it with a grand slam later in the inning. The Sox finished their nine-run inning with a 14-1 lead.
The Sox offense was the story, but Chris Sale had a great night of his own. Outside of an Aaron Judge solo shot that still hasn’t landed, the Yankees couldn’t touch him. In all, Sale went six innings, striking out eight and allowing just the one earned run. He could have gone deeper, but after the monster bottom of the sixth, Alex Cora decided to turn the ball over to the bullpen.
The rest of the game was nothing more than a formality. The bullpen did their job, and the Red Sox backups ensured the Yankees couldn’t mount an improbable comeback. The Sox now find themselves with an American League-leading 9-1 record. Boston will look to continue their nine-game winning streak tomorrow, when David Price takes the mound.