October baseball was in full swing Saturday night as the Yankees looked to even the division series after losing a game in which they nearly rallied to come from behind and take Game 1. Although the Yankees lost that first game, it seemed as though they had the momentum going into Game 2 as the Sox we’re barely able to hold them off with their ace on the mound and their closer coming in early in a desperate attempt to save their bullpen. Last night, the Yankees sent their warrior, Masahiro Tanaka, to the mound to oppose David Price, who continued to get owned by the Yankees.
The trouble for Price and the Red Sox started early as the Yankees struck in the first inning on a massive home run by Aaron Judge that energized all off Yankee Nation and set the tone for an all-too-familiar scene for Price against the Yankees.
In the second inning, the nightmare continued for Price with a line drive homer off the bat of Gary Sanchez on a backdoor cutter that didn’t cut. The home run was Gary’s sixth off of Price in just eight at bats.
The third inning was the last Price saw off the field after walks to Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner set the stage for an Andrew McCutchen rocket off the green monster that scored Gleyber and put the Yankees up 3-0.
Masahiro Tanaka continued his post season brilliance from last season as he sliced through the Red Sox lineup with ice water in his veins. Tanaka delivered a fine line of 5 innings, just three hits, and one run. Overall Tanaka struck out four batters and also walked only one. The sole run off Tanaka came on a Xander Boegarts home run to center. Tanaka worked through the Sox lineup with precision, keeping his splitter low and diving all night and mixing in enough sliders and well-located fastballs to keep the Sox off him the entire night.
Dellin Betances came on to pitch an impressive 6th inning, but let up the only other Sox run in the bottom of the 7th on an Ian Kinsler double off the monster that drove in Mitch Moreland who had starting that inning with a single.
The top of the 7th was the dagger in the heart of the Red Sox. Eduardo Rodriguez walked Aaron Judge and Luke Voit, the first two batters of the inning. The next batter, Giancarlo Stanton, hit into a fielder’s choice leaving runners on first and third with one out and Gary Sanchez coming to the dish. After waving at a 2-0 change up off the plate, Sanchez blasted a fastball into uncharted waters as he cleared Fenway Park in deep left center with a 479-foot blast that put the Yankees up 6-1.
That home run, that beautiful home run was all the Yankees needed. Zach Britton worked the 8th and Aroldis Chapman, the 9th. The game ended on an Ian Kinsler double play ball.
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The Yankees now head into Monday night’s game in the Bronx with all of the momentum. The Yankees are in a great position heading into this Game 3. Luis Severino will take the ball after having shown a dominating performance, especially in tight spots, in the Wild Card game.