The New York Yankees continued their hot start to the 2020 season with a back and forth 9-7 victory of the Boston Red Sox, completing the series sweep of their division rivals. At the forefront of the win was their star right fielder, Aaron Judge, who drove in five runs and added two more home runs giving him a total of six on the young season. Judge has now homered in five straight games, the first Yankee to do so since Alex Rodriguez did back in 2007.
The night got off to a rough start as starter James Paxton gave up two runs in the top of the 1st inning on a Xander Bogaerts homer. The "Big Maple" would only last three innings in his second start of the season, giving up a total of 3 earned runs on 7 hits. Although there was some shaky defense behind him, Paxton's early struggles are a little bit concerning. His fastball has topped out at around 93 mph, 2 mph less than his average velocity in 2019 (95.4 mph). Michael King would make his second appearance of the season in relief, going 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on a pair of solo home runs, while striking out 4 batters.
Judge hit his 1st of two home runs on the night in the 2nd inning, a three run blast off of Red Sox pitcher Matt Hall. Trailing 5-3 in the 3rd inning Gary Sanchez and Gio Gonzalez hit back to back doubles to tie the game up at five. Xander Bogaerts would give Boston a 6-5 lead in the 5th inning with a solo home run. Luke Voit responded quickly with a solo homer of his own in the bottom half of the inning to once again tie the game.
With King still in the game, Rafael Devers hit a monster home run to once again give Boston a 7-6 in the top of the 7th inning. The Yankees would then turn to Adam Ottavino to get the next four outs, and he did exactly that, striking out two batters in the process. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Yankees would put together a little two out magic.
Mike Tauchman, who took over for Miguel Andujar in left field, drew a walk, then proceeded to steal 2nd base, setting up the leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu to deliver in the clutch once again with game tying RBI single. Aaron Judge would follow with the decisive blow as he crushed his second homer of the night, a 468-foot bomb to left field, giving the Yankees a 9-7 lead. Zack Britton would come on in the 9th to close the game, and the sweep of the Red Sox.
The Yankees (7-1) will host the Phillies (1-2) for a short two game series at Yankee Stadium starting Monday night as Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.09 ERA) will make his 3rd start of the season.