Yankees swept in Fenway by last place Sox, losing 4-1

John Allen
Sunday June 18, 2023

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New York Yankees 1, Boston Red Sox 4

BOSTON — It’s unfortunate that baseball abandoned the concept of unbalanced schedules, as the Boston Red Sox would greatly benefit from having more opportunities to compete against the New York Yankees.

On Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox secured a decisive 4-1 victory over their longstanding rivals in the AL East. The win marked the completion of a doubleheader and a remarkable series sweep, narrowing the gap between the two teams to a mere two games in the division. In the series opener, Boston demonstrated their dominance with an impressive 15-5 triumph, and they continued their winning streak by claiming a 6-2 victory in the makeup game for Saturday’s rainout.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed that they enjoy playing against their rivals and that their opponents also derive pleasure from facing them. Cora stated that regardless of their positions in the standings, the games against their rivals are always enjoyable. According to Cora, the opposing team possesses a strong lineup and will likely remain competitive. The Red Sox aspire to achieve the same level of success that their rivals attained last year.

With a current record of 37-35, the Boston Red Sox extended their dominance over the New York Yankees (39-33) this season, boasting a remarkable 5-1 head-to-head record. The two teams still have nine more games left to play against each other. It’s worth noting that in previous seasons, when an unbalanced schedule was in place, these divisional rivals clashed a total of 19 times throughout the year.

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

For the first time since 2006, the Boston Red Sox achieved a doubleheader sweep against the New York Yankees, marking a significant milestone. What makes this victory even more noteworthy is that it took place at Fenway Park, which hadn’t witnessed such a sweep since 1976. The Red Sox have certainly made history with this impressive achievement.

Red Sox center fielder Jarren Duran expressed his satisfaction with the team’s sweep, stating that sweeping any team is a commendable feat. Duran, who made an impressive catch against the bullpen wall during the night game, acknowledged the Yankees as a formidable opponent. He emphasized that winning three consecutive games against such a strong team provides valuable momentum for the Red Sox. Duran eagerly anticipates the upcoming road trip and looks forward to seeing what the team can accomplish during that time.

During the day game, Alex Verdugo hit an RBI double that helped the Red Sox win. In the second game, he took advantage of a number of mistakes made by the Yankees. In the fourth inning, a catcher’s interference let him score and break a tie. Verdugo kept making a difference by scoring again in the fifth inning when a dropped pop-up put him on base. His play showed how well he could take advantage of mistakes made by the Yankees, giving the Red Sox an even bigger lead in the game.

In the second game, Brayan Bello demonstrated his prowess on the mound, striking out a career-high eight batters. Bello’s impressive performance included allowing only one run, four hits, and three walks across seven innings. Kenley Jansen was called upon to pitch the ninth inning and successfully secured his 15th save of the season. Bello’s stellar pitching and Jansen’s reliable closer role were instrumental in the team’s victory.

Luis Severino (0-2) gave up four runs, three of which were earned, along with seven hits. He showed his skill by striking out six hitters, but he also walked three batters during the game.

The evening matchup showcased an exceptional display of precise defense by the Red Sox. Duran showcased his exceptional skills by making a remarkable catch against the bullpen wall in the center field triangle, while Pablo Reyes contributed with two impressive plays at shortstop. However, amidst the stellar defensive moments, there were also a few notable occurrences. A catcher’s interference and batter’s interference added to the unique events of the game, alongside a pickoff executed by each team and a successful caught stealing.

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

During the daytime matchup, Gleyber Torres launched an impressive two-run home run in the first inning, providing a strong start for the Yankees. Unfortunately, they were missing their power hitter and reigning AL MVP, Aaron Judge, for the 11th consecutive game due to a sprained right toe. The team’s record stands at 8-13 whenever Judge has been sidelined this season, highlighting the impact of his absence on their performance.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone expressed that the storyline would be repeatedly emphasized and used as a basis for criticism. He emphasized the team’s offensive capabilities, stating that the lineup they were fielding had the potential to cause significant damage. He viewed the notion as nothing more than an excuse in the current situation.

In the daytime contest, Connor Wong showcased his prowess by hitting a double off the imposing Green Monster against Michael King (1-3), resulting in the Red Sox taking a 3-2 lead. Just moments later, Alex Verdugo followed suit with an RBI double of his own. Nick Pivetta (4-4), who had been relegated to the bullpen in mid-May, delivered an outstanding performance by pitching three flawless innings of relief, recording four strikeouts, and ultimately securing the victory.


Following a day of rest on Monday, the Yankees are preparing to embark on a three-game series in Seattle. In the opening game, the highly talented Gerrit Cole (7-1) is set to take the mound against George Kirby (6-5), presenting an exciting pitching matchup for the fans to anticipate.

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3 thoughts on “Yankees swept in Fenway by last place Sox, losing 4-1

  1. I hate the constant references to the absence of Aaron Judge as the reason the Yankees are losing. Sometimes its a pitching issue, or fielding errors, or its just a confidence issue. And by the way, there are lots of games where their captain strikes out in every inning, or at least doesn’t hit a single homer run in 9, even 10 innings, yet they still manage to win. Rizzo, IKF, Torres, and most of the others, are also good or great players, and no team is expected to win every game! I will be happy to see Judge, Bader, Green, and the rest come together for some awesome plays, but the Yankees are the Yankees, not the Judges!

  2. This team needs to be gutted…too many over paid players with diminished abilities…too many players who can’t even make it through spring training without winding up on IL….Too many with over priced contracts late into their 30’s…as good as Aaron judge is, he won’t be the player he is now….at the end of his contract…the Yankees could learn something from the rays… I have been a yankee fan my whole life and have never been more disgusted

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