July 25, 2019

G104: Red Sox 19, Yankees 3

Yankees - 020 010 000 -  3  7  0
Red Sox - 700 531 03x - 19 23  0

"Look Out, Boston", crowed the back page of Thursday's Daily News. The rest of that admonition - obviously too lengthy to fit on the page - must have been "... and don't get too winded circling the bases with wild abandon while scoring the most runs your team has ever scored against the Yankees".

In the Yankees' first game of the season at Fenway Park, Masahiro Tanaka (3.1-12-12-3-4, 87) was left in to allow 12 runs, the most runs given up to the Red Sox by a Yankees pitcher since Red Ruffing allowed 12 (10 earned) in eight innings on September 2, 1939.

The Red Sox tied the American League record with eight players having multiple RBI in a game. They are the eighth AL team to do so and the first since the Rangers did it in their 30-3 win over the Orioles on August 22, 2007.

It was also only the second time in franchise history that a Yankees starter allowed 12+ earned runs and the first time that had happened in 96 years. Carl Mays allowed 13 runs (and 20 hits) in a complete game loss to Cleveland on July 17, 1923.

Tanaka's historically bad performance actually LOWERED his ERA against Boston this season! In his other start against the Red Sox, he allowed six runs while getting only two outs in one of the two games in London. So his 2019 ERA against the Red Sox fell tonight from 81.00 to 40.50! lol

Tanaka is the 20th pitcher since 1908 to allow at least 12 runs to the Red Sox, with 18 of the previous 19 games happening before 1951. The only other instance in the last 68 years was Scott Feldman of the Rangers, who allowed 12 runs (but only six earned) in 2.2 innings on August 12, 2008. The Red Sox won that game 19-17. Only four pitchers have ever allowed more than 12 earned runs to Boston: the infamous quartet of Win Noyes, Dan Dugan, Chubby Dean, and Les McCrabb.

Boston had previously scored a high of 17 runs against the Yankees twice in 2005 (May 28 at New York and July 15 at Fenway, both games a 17-1 victory).

Yankees starters now have a 18.34 ERA in their last five games. Each starter in those five games has allowed six or more runs, consecutive game streak not seen by the MFY since August 1945.
July 21 vs COL - James Paxton:    3.1 IP,  7 RA
July 22 at MIN - CC Sabathia:     4.0 IP,  7 RA
July 23 at MIN - Domingo German:  3.2 IP,  8 RA
July 24 at MIN - J.A. Happ:       3.1 IP,  6 RA
July 25 at BOS - Masahiro Tanaka: 3.1 IP, 12 RA
After Rick Porcello (6-6-3-1-5, 112) pitched a clean first inning, the Red Sox unloaded on Tanaka, who allowed six runs while getting only two outs in his last game against Boston (in London). Mookie Betts singled. Rafael Devers walked. Xander Bogaerts (4-for-6, 4 runs, 4 RBI) clubbed perhaps the longest home run of his career, a 451-foot blast. J.D. Martinez flied to center. Andrew Benintendi (3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 BB) singled, Brock Holt singled, and Mitch Moreland singled. With the bases loaded, Christian Vázquez popped to shortstop. Jackie Bradley (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 BB) and Betts each doubled in two runs before Devers lined out to center. (At that point, Tanaka had allowed 13 runs in his last 1.2 innings against Boston, a 70.20 ERA.)

The Red Sox stranded runners at second and third in the third before getting back to work in the fourth. Devers crushed Tanaka's first pitch 437 feet off a sign above the Wall for his 21st home run of the year. On NESN, Dennis Eckersley said it looked like a right-handed-hitting slugger pulling the ball.

Bogaerts singled to right. Martinez struck out, but Benintendi walked. Michael Chavis doubled in one run and Moreland doubled in two more. FINALLY, Tanaka was pulled, and Stephen Tarpley took over. Vázquez doubled in a run and Tarpley threw a wild pitch. With Boston runners at second and third, Tarpley got the next two hitters.

Boston began the fifth with a Bogaerts single, Martinez double, Benintenedi single, and Chavis double. By that time, it was 14-3. ... Sandy León and Bogaerts each went deep in the eighth with MFY catcher Austin Romine on the hill serving up the dongs.

The Red Sox finished the night with 10 doubles, nine singles, and four home runs. ... Eight players had two or more hits, eight players had two or more RBI, and six players scored two or more runs.

AL East: Rays off. ... MFY –, TBR 9.5, BOS 10.0.

Masahiro Tanaka / Rick Porcello
Betts, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, DH
Benintendi, LF
Holt, 2B
Moreland, 1B
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF

Friday, 7 PM: James Paxton / Andrew Cashner
Saturday, 4 PM: CC Sabathia / Eduardo Rodriguez
Sunday, 7 PM: Domingo Germán / Chris Sale

Porcello, last five starts: 10.57 ERA, but a 3-1 record. #killthewin

AL East: Rays off. ... MFY –, TBR 10.0, BOS 11.0.


GK said...

Speaking of killthewin,afternoon radio show Tony Massaroti was harping about how Charlie Morton is a very good pitcher because he has the best win percentage of any starter in the last two or three years( I almost threw up the sip of water I had in my mouth). That wasn't all ERod is 4th on that list so something something... Don't remember where this went.

Dr. Jeff said...

For Devers's HR in the 4th, on MLB.TV they were doing a split screen as they came back from commercial, putting an ad on the left and the game on the right. During the split screen, the first pitch is thrown, Devers hits it, and they don't go to full screen until a fraction of a second before the ball hits the seats above the Monster. Annoying.