Coming into this one, both Chris Sale and James Paxton were in desperate need of a quality outing. Result: Paxton was brilliant, Sale was not. The Yankee starter surrendered just two hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out 12 Red Sox batters in the process. He threw 110 pitches in the outing and his fastball velocity remained steady at 99 MPH even as he climbed over the century mark in pitch count. Meanwhile, Sale’s 2019 woes continued. The lanky lefty surrendered four runs on seven hits over five innings. In anticipation of this start, the Red Sox called up catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Pawtucket. Leon served as Sale’s primary catcher last season, and the thought was that he could help jumpstart Boston’s ace. Despite his best fastballs of the season, topping out at 97 MPH, Sale suffered the loss and dropped to 0-4.
The Yankees offense exploded for eight runs in Game 1 of the series, five of which came on the long ball. Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres both turned in their fourth home runs of the season, but the offensive player of the game has to go to Mike Tauchman. The left fielder belted his first career home run in the 6th inning as part of a 4 RBI effort. Things could not have gone better for the Bronx Bombers in this postseason rematch, and they will look for the mini-sweep behind J.A. Happ at 6:35 tonight. Happ is scheduled to oppose Nathan Eovaldi. Both pitchers will enter the game with ERAs north of 8.00 and both looking for their first win of the season. After joining the Red Sox last July, Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA against New York, including the postseason. Happ kept pace will the Boston hurler, sporting a nifty 1.99 ERA against the Red Sox in 2018. That being said, Game 2 certainly has the potential to be a pitching duel, something we have come to expect from this chapter of the Rivalry.