Boston – At least it’s over. The Yankees ended a nine-game, 11-day road trip at Fenway Park on Sunday night with a 3-0 shutout by Michael Wacha and the Red Sox.
The Yankees (72-43) went 2-7 on the Tour and lost nine of their last 11 games. The Red Sox (57–59) suffered a fourth consecutive series loss to the Bombers. They are 2-6 in the series since the All-Star break. This was the eighth time this season that the Bombers had been evacuated.
Jameson Talon gives the Yankees a chance. He restricted Boston to three for six hits in seven innings. He did not continue the walk and scored four runs out.
Talon was hit with a long ball and the Yankees were struggling.
With Tommy Pham aboard, Talon tried to jam Rafael Devers inside with a 96 mph fastball on a 3-2 pitch and the Red Sox third baseman turned it quickly and completely crushed it. Gave. It descended 433 feet from home plate in the right field seats and gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.
Pham also scored the Red Sox’s first run. He headed down the aisle in first place with a single and a goal off Xander Bogarts’ field. Talon worked around Bessner in the next two innings, trapping one on third due to a double play, but cruising through fourth and fifth.
The Yankees could not resolve the covenant. He scattered two hits, walked one and scored nine runs in seven innings.
The right-hander retired the first 14 hitters he faced before Miguel Andujar, who was single in center field with two dismissals in the fifth. Saturday night’s hero, Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, took a walk, but Kyle Higashioka landed on a forceful diving play by Red Sox All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers. Andrew Benintendi led the singles with a sixth run, but Covenant ended the innings with the dismissals of Aaron Judge (second time of the night) and Josh Donaldson. 6
It was a good sign for the Bombers as they go down the stretch of their final 48 games of the regular season. The Yankees still have the fourth-best ERA in the rotation in the Majors (3.46) and the second-best in the American League behind the Astros’ staff (3.15). In the past month, Bombers pitchers posted a 4.04 ERA.
There have been some big hits for the rotation.
They lost Luis Severino, who was pitching well, for more than a month when he suffered what the team described as “low grade”. He is on the injury list for 60 days and may not return until the middle of next month. In a surprise move minutes before the trade deadline, the Yankees front office turned Jordan Montgomery away, a steady presence in the rotation, for center fielder Harrison Bader, who is on the injured list.
So now the Bombers will have to hope that adding Frankie Montas to a group that will eventually include Severino in the final weeks of the season is enough for their World Series intentions.
It’s especially encouraging to see Joe, who started the Streak in Seattle on Monday night, get back on track and settled in Montas.
Tylon retired 10 of the last 11 batsmen he faced in the Bombers’ only win in Seattle. He allowed three runs in seven innings, which the Yankees hope is a sign of turning around after pitching in 6.25 ERA in his last eight starts.
“Man, my takeaway was like his aggression. I thought he mixed his four-seam and his two-seam really well. Like I thought his fastball that night was really good and it was a four-seam. There was both a seam and a two-seam,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
“He used a lot like the four-seam, as he always does, but the two-seamer, especially the right wing, I thought was really effective for him. Again, as if going through a stretch where it was a month of recovery. I didn’t feel like stuff was that far off. These were the only mistakes that were hurting him with the long ball. His stuff seemed a little crunchy to me. Whether it’s real or not, it was just my takeaway. I felt like he was just aggressive on the attack, the pace and stuff seemed really strong. And it was a night we needed the length of. He gave us a really strong performance.”