Sunday, May 3, 2015

Recap: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2

Nathan Eovaldi tossed 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball and the Yankees beat the Red Sox again, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Evo's Exceptional Outing: Eovaldi held the Red Sox to just seven hits and a walk during his time on the mound, striking out two while throwing 111 pitches. The only inning in which he really had trouble was the fourth, when he escaped a two-on, one-out jam with a double play from Mike Napoli. 

Gardner Gets it Done: Heading into this one on a bit of a cold streak, Brett Gardner drove in three with a pair of hits off Boston's Wade Miley -- an RBI double in the second and a clutch two-run single in the fifth. The latter of those knocks broke a 1-1 tie with two outs in the frame, immediately following an unproductive groundout from Jacoby Ellsbury. 

Young and Hot: One of just three Yankees currently hitting above .300, Chris Young gave his club some much-needed insurance with a solo shot in the ninth -- extending their lead to 4-2 with the Red Sox last chance approaching. It wasn't a bomb necessarily -- just reaching the first row of the monster seats -- but it counted all the same for Young's sixth long ball of the year. 

Betances Faces Four, Fans Four: Upon entering with a man on and two outs in the eighth, Dellin Betances went right to work against a quartet of Red Sox hitters -- striking out each on fewer than five pitches to seal the Yankees' victory. The dominant performance earned Betances his first save of the season, and should keep usual closer Andrew Miller available for Sunday.

We Need Better Sunglasses: Losing balls in the sun hasn't proved to be an issue for the Yankees so far in 2015 (snow has actually been a bigger problem), but at least in this contest's bottom of the first, the most underrated obstacle in the game cost the team an out. Indeed, on a seemingly-routine pop-up from David Ortiz, Chase Headley failed to track down the little white thing -- resulting in a gift single to end Eovaldi's no-hitter. 

Next Up: The Yankees go for the sweep on Sunday when they battle the Red Sox in the series finale -- beginning at 8:05 p.m. ET and airing live on ESPN. Adam Warren (1-1, 4.35 ERA) will take the hill for the Yankees looking for his second win, opposing inconsistent Sox right-hander Joe Kelly (1-0, 4.94 ERA). 

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