The Red Sox outclassed the Yankees in every phase of the game Tuesday night — hitting, pitching, defense, you name it — en route to their ninth straight win. The final score was 14-1. The Yankees have lost six of their last nine games and have looked every as bad as that recent record would suggest the last few days. If only there was a mercy rule.
Early on, Luis Severino had nothing working with his slider. Severino settled down after the second inning and was able to get through five despite the elevated pitch count. His final line: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Then the bullpen took over and things got ugly. The Yankees were down 5-1 going into the sixth and a 5-1 game is far from over at Fenway Park in the sixth inning. Then the bullpen barfed all over it. Tommy Kahnle and Chasen Shreve combined to allow 9 runs — 9 runs! — in that 6th inning. Amazingly, they did it on 3hits. Hah. Ridiculous. One of the 3 was a Mookie Betts grand slam. Met fans celebrated.
The Sox, meanwhile, have won 9 in a row to open up an early 4½-game lead in the AL East.
The little good news was that Stanton only stuck out twice, he did have a single and double. Aaron Judge had three hits for the Yankees, a drive off Sale over the center field wall in the fifth for his third home run of the season, but Gary Sanchez went 0-for-4 and is now in a 1-for-33 slide.
Clearly, the Yankees have a lot of problems right now. They can continue telling themselves it’s still early, but something has to give soon.
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