Yankees make David Price pay with homerun derby en route to an 11-1 victory over Red Sox
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The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 11-1 on Sunday night’s ESPN Game of the Week. With the victory, the Yankees (54-27) are now tied with the Red Sox (56-29) for the division lead. The team does, however, have the better winning percentage because they have played less games than the Sox. David Price took the hill for Boston, while Luis Severino did so for New York. The game was played at Yankee Stadium in New York.
After an 11-0 mash-fest for the Red Sox on Saturday, the Yankees responded with an unstoppable vengeance. They tagged Price for 8 earned runs in just 3 and 1/3 innings, including five homeruns against the southpaw. The Red Sox’ starter has historically struggled against the Yankees and this may have been his worst performance yet. The Bronx Bombers were hitting rockets off the man to all parts of the park.
Hector Velazquez, who came into pitch the 8th inning for Boston, allowed another homerun to put the Yankees ahead 11-0. It was a two-run shot from Aaron Hicks, who hit THREE moonshots in the game, increasing his 2018 homer total from 11 to 14 in the span of one night. Aaron Judge (22), Gleyber Torres (15) and Kyle Higashioka (1) were the other Yankees to go deep in the game off Price.
With a polar opposite performance from Price, Severino was absolutely filthy against the Red Sox. He went 6 and 2/3 innings and allowed 0 runs to cross the plate, locating well and inducing extremely weak contact along the way. Moreover, he struckout six Boston batters and walked three, allowing just two hits.
The Red Sox did manage to steal a run off the Yankees in the top of the 9th off none other than Aroldis Chapman. The only active Hall of Famer in the MLB, Sandy Leon, received a pinch-hit opportunity and naturally doubled to put Boston in scoring position. A Blake Swihart single advanced Leon to third and then a Rafael Devers RBI groundout scored the run. It is the small things in life that matter.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. eastern time on Monday. After getting to face top-pitcher Luis Severino Sunday night, they will get to take on an even better pitcher in Max Scherzer tonight. Meanwhile, Rick Porcello will be handed the ball for the BoSox. It will be the first of a three-game set.