Rick Porcello‘s complete game, 1 hitter gave the Red Sox their 2nd straight win over the Yankees.
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Rick Porcello was the star tonight, as the Red Sox took the 2nd game of the series against the Yankees by a score of 4-1. The Red Sox’ lead in the AL East is now up to 7.5 games.
Porcello needed just 86 pitches to complete 9 innings of spectacular pitching. He allowed just 1 hit, the home run to Miguel Andujar in the 3rd inning, and he retired the last 21 men he faced. It was definitely the best start of the year for him.
The only other baserunner that the Yankees had was when Porcello hit Brett Gardner with a pitch to lead off the ballgame.
The Yankees may have thought there was some intent behind that, as Luis Severino threw at Mookie Betts to start the bottom of the first. Warnings were issued to both teams, and when Alex Cora came out to argue that, he was immediately ejected.
Even without their skipper, the Sox made quick work of the Yankees. Steve Pearce stayed white hot by hitting his 4th home run of the series, a 2 run shot in the 1st inning to get the Red Sox on the board. Eduardo Nunez would add a bloop RBI single in that inning as well to make the score 3-0.
The 4th Red Sox run came on a Mitch Moreland RBI single in the 5th inning to score JD Martinez.
After Ian Kinsler left the game with a hamstring injury, we got to see something very cool and unique: Mookie Betts playing 2nd base.
Mookie came up as a 2nd baseman but hadn’t played there since 2014. He described it as a “dream come true” to go back to his original position. He made a couple of nice plays, and as always he was smiling and having fun,
Tomorrow, the Red Sox will try to win the series and improve to 44 games over .500. Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound and look to repeat the great performance he showed in his debut.