The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, in the second of a three-game set in the Bronx. The offense was mostly quiet for both clubs near the end of the game. But once again, all of New York's runs came via home runs. The Yankees won Friday night's series opener, 5-1. The Yankees walk away with their fifth straight win and are now 6-1, sporting the best record in baseball. Let's take a look at some things that stood out in this one.
Tanaka makes season debut
After Tanaka suffered a scary hit in the head from a line drive off teammate Giancarlo Stanton's bat during a simulated game in the Yankees "Spring Training 2.0," he was placed on the injured list with a concussion. Entering Saturday's start, Tanaka sported a new hat, one that's lined with a protective insert. Tanaka was on a pitch-limit tonight since he'll still need to work back up his stamina. The right-hander looked solid through his first two innings but faced some trouble in the third where he gave up a walk, single and RBI double. His final line:
Tanaka mostly relied on his fastball (92.9 mph average) for 30 of his 51 pitches and used his patented slider and splitter to get swinging strikes.
Last season, Tanaka went 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA in a career-high 32 appearances. He became the second pitcher in Yankees history to reach double-digit wins in each of his first six MLB seasons, joining Andy Pettitte.
Judge, Urshela continue to power offense
The Yankees 2020 lineup continues to live up to its Bronx Bombers moniker. In Saturday's win — for the second straight night — all of the Yankees runs came from home runs. In fact, each of the Yankees' last 17 runs scored have come via homers.
On Saturday, those runs came from an Aaron Judge 455-foot long solo shot and a Gio Urshela grand slam. For Judge, it's the first time in his career that he has homered in four straight games. Urshela's second-inning bomb was his first career grand slam.
Red Sox starters still struggle
It's been a downfall for the Red Sox rotation since the 2018 World Series championship season. As our R.J. Anderson outlined, Boston's rotation is not good this season, and it may just be on the way to becoming the worst rotation in baseball in 2020. Boston's starter on Saturday, right-hander Zack Godley gave up five runs on six hits (3 1/3 innings) in his outing.
The Yankees and Red Sox will square off again Sunday night for the series finale. First pitch is set for 7:08 p.m. ET. Lefty James Paxton will face right-hander Phillips Valdez.