Red Sox - 000 020 100 - 3 7 1 Yankees - 100 003 90x - 13 13 0You might find it hard to believe by looking at the final score, but Henry Owens pitched very well in his major league debut.
Owens threw 34 pitches in the first inning and allowed two singles, a walk, and a run, but he settled down nicely thereafter. After Mark Teixeira's RBI single gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, Owens set down 14 of the next 15 hitters. Through five innings, his pitching line was: 5-3-1-1-5, 87. And he had a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Owens gave up a single and a double - and was pulled. Robbie Ross allowed both of those runners to score - within three pitches of entering the game, in fact - so Owens line ended up looking a little less ideal: 5-5-3-1-5, 96.
Ross's shitty outing was actually just the beginning of the fucking roof falling in. New York took a 4-2 lead against Ross in the sixth and while Jean Machi got the final out of that inning, he allowed the first three batters in the seventh to reach. With the score only 5-3, manager John Farrell then waved the white flag - he called upon Craig Breslow. And Breslow proved true to form, recording the first out and then giving up a three-run bomb to Brian McCann and back-to-back doubles. After getting the second out, Breslow issued a walk and another single. Alexi Ogando came in surrendered a three-run homer to Chris Young, on his first pitch. And "just like that", the Yankees had a nine-run inning.
Do you care how the Red Sox scored their runs? ... Well, with one out in the fifth, Mike Napoli doubled to left. Alejandro De Aza singled him to third and Blake Swihart singled him home. Jackie Bradley's sac fly scored De Aza, giving Boston a 2-1 lead.
In the seventh, Pablo Sandoval homered to cut the Yankees' lead to 4-3. After reliever Justin Wilson struck out Napoli, pinch-hitter Rusney Castillo singled. Swihart fouled out to first for the second out. With Bradley batting, Castillo stole second on a ball that went to the backstop. New York manager Joe Girardi changed pitchers mid-count, going with Dellin Betances - who threw a wild pitch with his first offering; Castillo went to third. Bradley eventually walked, but, after Betances threw a couple more pitches in the dirt, Brock Holt struck out, ending all possibility of the Red Sox winning this game.
Holt, 2BLeft-hander Henry Owens, who turned 23 a couple of weeks ago, will make his major league debut tonight in the Bronx. In 21 games with Pawtucket, Owens has a 3.16 ERA, with an opponents batting average of .193.
De Aza, RF
Profiles as a solid number three starter with a chance for more if he continues to refine his command and curveball. Development of curveball is key; relies heavily on fastball/changeup combination. Advanced feel for pitching. Will be able to withstand the rigors of starting at the big league level. Although somewhat goofy off the field, is able to flip the switch, and possesses a mature demeanor on mound. Floor of a back-end starter.Jere pointed out in Sunday's game thread that a NESN ad for this series described Yankee Stadium as a "house of pain". The third stadium to be dubbed "Yankee Stadium" opened in 2009 and in the six-plus seasons since then, the Red Sox have a 31-29 record. Yes, Boston has a winning record in this supposed "house of pain". NESN: Where we never let the facts get in the way of using a dumb cliche!