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Aaron Judge Leads the Yankees to a Series Sweep of the Red Sox

FINAL: Red Sox 7 Yankees 9

WP: Ottavino (1-0)

LP: Barnes (0-1)

SV: Britton (3)

Aaron Judge stayed hot tonight, extending his home run streak to 6 home runs in 5 days as the Yankees (7-1) defeated the Red Sox (3-7) to complete a series sweep of the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. They are also undefeated at home (3-0). Adam Ottavino receivied the win tonight (1-0) for the Yankees, Barnes (0-1) got the loss for the Red Sox, and Brittion would get his third save of the season.

GAME RECAP:

Xander Bogaerts, who had a great night at the plate, put the Red Sox on top to start the game with a two-run home run off of tonight’s Yankees’ starter, James Paxton.

The Yankees had an opportunity to score some runs in the bottom of the first, but left the bases loaded, and the Red Sox held on to their lead heading into the second inning.

After a scoreless top half of the second for the Red Sox, it was Aaron Judge with a three-run home run to put the Yankees on top of the Red Sox 3-2 in the third. With that home run, Aaron Judge became the first Yankees player since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 to hit home runs in five straight games.

But then the Red Sox would strike again in the third on a devers RBI single that scored Pillar. Bogaerts would then deliver for the Red Sox again with a line drive to left that would score Devers. With that, the Red Sox would take a 4-3 lead. Following Bogaerts, Vasquez would single, Bogaerts scored, and the Red Sox took a 5-3 lead in the third.

The Yankees would then come up with a big third inning as well, with Gary Sanchez hitting an RBI double that scored Gary Sanchez to bring the score within one to 5-4. Urshela would then single, and Sanchez would score to tie the game at five.

Michael King would then replace James Paxton on the mound for the Yankees. Paxton’s final line would be three innings pitched, giving up seven hits, five runs, three earned runs, and no walks. Paxton struck out four and gave up one home run. In his first inning of work, King would retire the Red Sox in order for the first time tonight.

In the fifth inning, The Red Sox once again struck back and it was off the bat of none other than Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts homered off of King and the Red Sox retook the lead 6-5 over the Yankees.

But then cue Luke Voit in the fifth inning. Voit comes up in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to left and tied the game up at six in the fifth.

The Red Sox then struck back again in the seventh on a home run from Devers that allowed the Red Sox to take a 7-6 lead. That would be the last run the Red Sox would score tonight.

Adam Ottavino would then replace Michael King in the seventh. King’s final line was 3.2 innings pitched, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned earned runs, no walks, striking out four and giving up one home run.

The bottom of the eighth inning was a huge inning for the Yankees. It started with Mike Tauchman stealing second base. That was followed by a DJ LaMahieu RBI double that scored Mike Tauchman to tie the game at seven.

And then ALL RISE! Aaron Judge came up BIG with a 2-run home run, his second of the night and the biggest, most clutch home run of the night that gave the Yankees a 9-7 lead over the Red Sox heading into the ninth.

Zach Britton would come in to close it out for the Yankees and get the save as the Yankees would go on to defeat the Red Sox 9-7 and complete the series sweep at home to improve their major-league best record to 7-1.

POST-GAME REACTIONS:

Aaron Boone met with the media following tonight’s game and stated that while he felt like they were chasing all night, the Yankees had some great, winning at bats. Boston had some good at bats and chances tonight as well. Boone stating that Tauchman getting on the in the eighth and stealing second, leading to DJ LaMahieu driving him in and Aaron Judge finishing it off with the two-run home run was huge for the Yankees.

Boone stating that Judge is on a mission right now, stating that when he got that clean bill of health and started ramping up, that there’s been an intensity and energy-level to his work that he’s been able to do. Boone stating that Judge is a great player who’s feeling really good and continuing to get locked in at the plate. He’s always had an edge and intensity about him, claimed Boone who stated that just seeing Judge’s work ethic and the amount of work he does to get ready, he’s locked in and feeling really good.

James Paxton struggled again tonight for the Yankees. Boone stated that he feels like Paxton and healthy and feels good, however, he’s frustrated that it’s not coming out like he hoped it would. Boone stating he did have some positive take aways from tonight’s game and that he’s really searching for that intensity. Aaron Boone stated that Paxton was pounding the strike zone tonight and made some quality pitches as well. Boone stating that the intensity is in there and that the coaching staff is going to help him find it. Boone stating that Paxton competed tonight, but is scratching his head that it’s not there, but he’s fighting to find it. Boone stating that he just needs to keep working to get the Velocity up.

Paxton spoke with the media after tonight’s game and stated that he’s concerned about his velocity and is doing everything he can to figure out what’s going on. He stated he’ll watch video tomorrow and make some more tweaks and try to figure out what he needs to do and will continue to search and try to find what else is going on.

Paxton also stated that the bullpen did a great job behind him and that the bats are on fire and fun to watch right now.

DJ LaMahieu met with the media following his big night, describing tonight’s game as an awesome, awesome game, with some really good at-bats all around tonight. LaMahieu stating that today was one of those games where they all had the feeling that they were going to win the game.

LaMahieu stating that in the eighth inning when he scored Mike Tauchman, that after Tauchman stole second, he knew he had to drive him in and Barnes left him a pitch he could handle and do just that.

As mentioned above, Aaron Judge had another big night at the plate. LaMahieu stating that Judge is calm, confident and has a ton of talent at the plate. LaMahieu stating that he is where he is and that he feels good and is a dangerous hitter at the plate right now. Luke Voit calling Judge a “stud” when he’s healthy and feeling this way.

Luke Voit also stated that the way the team carries each other, that at any moment, they can find a way to make a comeback and that they don’t just do it with a home run. He spoke on LaMahieu’s multi-hit game, Judge coming through clutch, stating that it’s fun and really impressive what the Yankees are doing right now.

 

Aaron Judge spoke to the media tonight as well. He stated that the Bullpen is doing their job and that ultimately, the team is having fun out there. They grinded through a tough game tonight against the Red Sox, but Judge described it as a clutch win, stating that to sweep Boston early was big for the Yankees and that they are going to take these wins and hopefully keep rolling them into Philadelphia.

With his two home runs tonight, Aaron Judge has hit six home runs in his first eight games, tying Alex Rodriguez as most in franchise history since 2007 and passing Babe Ruth. When asked, what that means to him, Judge stated, “It’s an honor to be in the same sentence as those two guys that have done so much for the game and what great hitters they were; I’m just trying to go out there and have some fun and do my part for the team that has a lot of heart.”

Judge stated that he’s still trying to lock in more and searching for that “locked-in” feeling, which he described as going five-for-five and not chasing pitches and swinging at pitches outside of the zone. He stated that he’s feeling good right now, but for him, it’s about not missing his pitch. He stated that when pitchers leave one over the plate, his goal is to do damage on it. Judge also spoke on having DJ LaMahieu hitting in front of him, with Stanton and Torres behind him, stating that he’s in a nice spot in the lineup and is just trying to do his part and that it’s about everyone doing their part as well as they try to complete their ultimate mission of winning today and winning every game. Judge stated he can do his part by getting on base and if he gets the opportunity to drive someone in, he’s going to do that.

LOOKING AHEAD:

The Yankees will now head to Philadelphia to make up their 4-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies that was cancelled last week. They will play a home and home series, beginning Monday and Tuesday on the road in Philadelphia and Wednesday and Thursday at home in New York. They will then head to Tampa to take on the Rays in a 4-game weekend series that will include a doubleheader against the Rays on Saturday.

Tomorrow’s game will feature the Yankees’ Ace, Gerrit Cole against Jake Arietta of the Phillies. Tomorrow’s game will start at 7:05 PM on YES Network, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:00 PM on YES.

Written By

Alexis Farinacci is a baseball beat writer and social media editor for the Pinstriped Prospects. Follow Alexis on Twitter & Instagram: @alexisfarinacci .

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