Yankees get humbled by last-placed Red Sox, 15-5

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New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 15

BOSTON — Justin Turner really showed off his skills by hitting a grand slam, a two-run home run, and a double. Masataka Yoshida drove in three runs, which added to the excitement. On Friday night, the Boston Red Sox took charge of the game and crushed the New York Yankees. They won by a huge margin, 15-5.

In a remarkable feat, Turner equaled his personal best by driving in an impressive six runs and crossing the plate three times. Boston continued their dominance over their rival by securing their third triumph in four encounters, following their two out of three wins in last week’s series in New York. Yoshida delivered an outstanding performance with a noteworthy tally of four hits. The Red Sox reached new heights for the season with a staggering 15 hits and 17 runs, while the Yankees matched their season high for runs allowed.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Tanner Houck demonstrated his pitching prowess by conceding only one run and four hits while recording two strikeouts and a walk. However, his performance took a dramatic turn in the fifth inning when he was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Higashioka, forcing him to exit the game.

Following the impact of the line drive, Houck swiftly descended to the ground, where he remained for a brief period while receiving care from the team’s athletic trainers. His right cheek bore a visible cut, causing it to bleed, yet he demonstrated resilience as he regained his footing and courageously walked off the field unassisted. The team later disclosed his injury as a facial contusion. Joe Jacques (1-0) stepped in as his replacement, although he surrendered three runs across two innings of play.

Aaron Judge has been absent for his 10th game due to a sprained right toe. The New York Yankees’ performance has suffered during his absence, with a record of 8 wins and 12 losses while Judge has been on the injured list. However, when the reigning AL MVP is in the lineup, the team has excelled with a strong record of 31 wins and 19 losses.

Domingo Germán (4-4), the starting pitcher for the Yankees, experienced a tumultuous outing as he was forced to depart the game in the third inning. The sequence of events leading to his departure began with a leadoff double surrendered to Adam Duvall, followed by an RBI single from Yoshida and a double from Christian Arroyo. Germán struggled to contain the opposing team, conceding seven runs, his highest total in a span of two years. Throughout his challenging performance, he permitted seven hits, issued two walks, and even unleashed a wild pitch.

Stepping in to relieve Germán was Matt Krook, who made an auspicious debut in the major leagues after being part of the roster for a total of 12 career big league games. Krook showcased his abilities by securing two crucial outs through groundball plays. However, the unfortunate turn of events occurred when a groundball to third base, mishandled by Josh Donaldson, allowed Pablo Reyes to cross the plate and score.

With a well-executed single, Alex Verdugo skillfully loaded the bases, setting the stage for Turner’s moment of glory. In a magnificent display of power, Turner unleashed his second home run of the evening, sending the ball soaring an impressive 429 feet to the center field, effectively clearing the bases and securing a substantial number of runs for his team.

Krook’s night came to a close in the fourth inning, lasting a total of 1 2/3 innings. During his time on the mound, he surrendered three runs, four hits, and issued a walk.

Despite being officially charged with only two errors, the Yankees displayed a disorganized defensive performance. Their struggles manifested through errant throws, mishandling ground balls, and occasionally finding themselves out of position, consequently granting the opposing team opportunities for infield hits.


On Saturday, the Yankees will entrust RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-6, 4.70 ERA) with his 15th start of the season. Notably, Schmidt has displayed consistency by lasting a minimum of five innings in each of his previous five starts.

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