I feel like the Yankees would go 156-6 every year if they got to face David Price every game. That's a rule change that should be proposed at the next owners' meeting. The Yankees smacked him around for 6+ innings last night, the final smack a decisive 2-run blow off the bat of one of the Baby Bombers.
It was a hot start for the lineup against Price in the bottom of the 1st. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground ball single through the right side of the infield with 1 out and he didn't have to stand around on the bases very long waiting to score. Gary Sanchez hit the first pitch he saw for a 2-run homer to left field, his 20th (!!!!!) home run of the season. Just like that, 2-0 Yanks.
The scoring halted until the 5th, when a trio of singles brought in another Yankee run. Luis Cessa had been pitching very well up to that point, blanking the vaunted Boston offense for the first 5 innings. The lineup turned over for a third time in the top of the 6th, however, and the Sox strung together 3 hits and a ribbie groundout to make it a 3-2 game. Give Cessa credit though. He limited the damage to those 2 runs and kept the lead intact while retiring David Ortiz, Mookie Betts, and Hanley Ramirez in succession.
After that inning, the scoring really picked up. The Yankees struck back for a run in the bottom of the 6th on a Didi Gregorius solo homer, his 20th of the season, and the Sox countered for 2 in the top of the 7th against Tommy Layne. Price came back out for the bottom half and that was Boston's undoing. Austin Romine hit a leadoff single on a 2-2 pitch after going down 0-2 and Tyler Austin did the same thing in the next at-bat. Price tried to sneak a third fastball by him and he threw it right over the heart of the plate, giving Austin the chance to drive it out to the short porch in right. That's easy picking for good power hitters and Austin hit it out for the go-ahead 2-run home run.
There was still work to be done to secure the win, and props to Richard Bleier and Tyler Clippard for holding the Red Sox down over the final 2 frames. Even if they aren't going to the playoffs this year, it's a little bit fun to know the Yanks delayed the Sox from clinching the division for another day.
- The homer capped off a big night for Austin. 3-3, 2 RBI. He's got his batting line up to .230/.278/.432 on the season, and it's really inexplicable why he hasn't been playing more these last few weeks. That's another 50-60 plate appearances that he needs if the organization expects him to be a part of the roster picture next season.
- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K for Cessa. I don't care how you get there. If you can put that line up against the Red Sox, that's a job well done.
- Lotta nice nights in the lineup. Didi went 3-4 with the homer, Gary was 1-3 with the homer and a walk, Ellsbury 2-4, and Romine 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
- Bleier has quietly pitched his way to a 2.25 ERA in 20 appearances this season, and he may be carving out a 2017 role for himself. The Yankees are woefully short on reliable lefty relievers these days, and Bleier has shown the ability to work in multiple roles. That's valuable.
- David Ortiz went 0-5 with 2 strikeouts and 7 men left on base. He also complained after the game about how many mound visits the Yankees used when he was hitting. What a loser.