Yankees 8-1 Red Sox: Verdugo gets revenge

New York Yankees’ Alex Verdugo celebrates his two-run home run, next to Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2024, in Boston.
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John Allen
Friday June 14, 2024

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New York Yankees 8-1 Boston Red Sox

During an eventful return to Fenway Park, met with a mix of applause and boos, Alex Verdugo quickly made an impact. The Yankees’ outfielder smashed a two-run home run and accumulated four RBIs in total, propelling the MLB-leading New York Yankees to a decisive 8-1 win against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Luis Gil also made a significant contribution to the Yankees, striking out six batters. This victory reinforced New York’s standing at the pinnacle of Major League Baseball.

Verdugo Makes Triumphant Return to Fenway Park

Verdugo made a spectacular return to Fenway Park, where he spent four seasons before being traded to the Yankees last December. Facing his old team, Verdugo quickly made his presence known. On the first pitch from Boston’s right-hander Brayan Bello, Verdugo hit a two-run homer to straightaway center field, scoring Juan Soto, who had doubled, and giving the Yankees an early lead.

The 28-year-old outfielder continued to excel against his former team, adding an RBI double in the fifth inning and a run-scoring single in the ninth. Verdugo wrapped up the night with an impressive total of 4 RBIs.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Gil had another strong performance. The right-hander pitched five innings, giving up only one run on four hits despite four walks. He threw a season-high 104 pitches. Gil’s dominance has been remarkable, extending his record to 8-0 with a 1.14 ERA over his last nine starts. During this period, he has allowed just seven earned runs in 55 1/3 innings.

Yankees Capitalize on Bello’s Struggles to Build Lead

The Yankees gradually wore down Boston starter Brayan Bello, steadily increasing their lead as the game progressed.

In the fourth inning, Giancarlo Stanton initiated the offense with a leadoff single. Anthony Rizzo then walked. Although Gleyber Torres hit into a double play, which seemed to halt the momentum, a throwing error by Bello on Oswaldo Cabrera’s grounder allowed Stanton to score, adding another run for New York.

The Yankees took advantage of Bello’s difficulties again in the fifth inning. Anthony Volpe led off with a single, and Aaron Judge walked with one out. Alex Verdugo then hit a double, driving in Volpe and advancing Judge to third. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Bello’s night ended. Left-hander Cam Booser came in as relief but gave up a run-scoring single to Rizzo, further extending the Yankees’ lead.

Bello (6-4) ended his night with 4 2/3 innings pitched, conceding five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. Despite striking out five batters, the Yankees exploited his mistakes to establish a solid lead.

Yankees Bullpen Shuts Door

The New York Yankees’ bullpen effectively shut down any hopes of a Boston comeback, delivering four scoreless innings and racking up eight strikeouts collectively. Caleb Ferguson was especially impressive, fanning all four batters he faced.

The Yankees’ offense continued to add to their lead. In the ninth inning, Jose Trevino, batting ninth, hit his seventh home run of the season off right-hander Chase Anderson. With two outs, Juan Soto walked and then scored on a powerful double by Aaron Judge. Alex Verdugo followed with a single that brought in Judge, putting the final touch on the Yankees’ triumph.

Boston starter Brayan Bello’s early struggles allowed the Yankees to establish their lead. Although Luis Gil gave up a run in the fourth inning due to a walk-based rally and an RBI double by Enmanuel Valdez, he managed to pitch five solid innings. The Yankees’ bullpen then took over, silencing the Red Sox’s offense and enabling a late-game offensive burst to secure the victory.

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Up Next

The American League East-leading New York Yankees are looking to extend their winning streak as they face the Boston Red Sox in the second game of their three-game series on Saturday. Left-hander Carlos Rodón (9-2, 2.93 ERA) will start for the Yankees, aiming to maintain his impressive form. He will be matched up against right-hander Cooper Criswell (3-3, 4.13 ERA) of the Red Sox.

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