By: Billy Lewis
Last weekend the New York Yankees were in Boston taking on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had their way with the Yankees that weekend, winning three of the four games highlighted by a 19-3 walloping in game one of that series.
For the Red Sox, they were hoping that would be a jumping point to get back into the playoff picture. They responded by getting swept by the Rays in Fenway.
The Yankees welcomed in the Red Sox for a four-game weekend series in the Bronx. The Yankees took game one Friday 4-2, before sweeping the doubleheader Saturday. The series finale took place on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The Yankees sent JA Happ to the mound, while the Red Sox sent David Price.
Aaron Judge got the Yankees on the board first with a first-inning opposite-field home run. The Yankees would chase Price in the third inning as they scored six runs in the third, ending Price’s night after only 2.2 innings.
Happ was able to cruise with a seven-run lead, until giving up two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Yankees turned to Luis Cessa and he was able to maintain the Yankees 7-4 lead. Chad Green would get the save to end the night.
After the four-game weekend sweep, the Yankees sit 14.5 games up on the Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers are also eight games up on the second-place Rays, so unless the Yankees collapse the AL East crown should be back in the Bronx.
The Red Sox are sitting on an eight-game losing streak, which dropped them 6.5 games back in the Wild Card chase. The momentum the Red Sox had from taking three of four from the Yankees is all but gone.
The Yankees will be taking on the birds this upcoming week, playing three in Baltimore against the Orioles and then four against the Blue Jays. The Bombers will be looking to continue to pad their AL East lead, while hopefully getting more healthy.