Gary Sanchez homered again and the Yankees recovered after blowing a late lead as they beat the Red Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- With the game tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, Tyler Austin's two-run homer gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
- Tyler Clippard struck out David Ortiz with two on and two out in the ninth inning to seal the win.
- The Red Sox had tied it at 4 in the seventh when Aaron Hill hit a solo homer and Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single.
- Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Yankees up 4-2.
- The Red Sox had drawn within 3-2 in the sixth inning after getting an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia and an RBI groundout from Mookie Betts.
- Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer (his 20th of the season) in the first inning.
- Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the fifth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 3-0.
- Luis Cessa allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.
The Yankees youngsters had a big part to play in tonight's victory.
Though Cessa did not get the win, he did leave with the lead. The 24-year-old right-hander was impressive after digging a hole for himself in the sixth inning, by setting down David Ortiz, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez to end the inning with two runners on base.
Sanchez continues to amaze, hitting his 20th home run in just his 48th game of the season, tying an 86-year-old record for fastest to the mark (51 career games). Sanchez has become must-see at this point, but I hope fans are reasonable where it concerns his production next season.
Gregorius, 26, ripped his 20th home run of the season, something not many would have expected from the shortstop after his trials and tribulations early last season. Gregorius, Starlin Castro and Sanchez create a very good middle of the field combination from both an offensive and defensive perspective.
Finally, Austin, after being pulled from the starting lineup, hit another opposite field home run. It's too bad the Yankees gave up on Austin so quickly, because he has some impressive hitting skills. They need to be able to show some patience with the young players and not overreact to slumps. Yankees manager Joe Girardi will surely be tested with this next season.
The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Red Sox on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Bryan Mitchell (4.50 ERA, 1.72 WHIP) faces Clay Buchholz (5.00 ERA, 1.37 WHIP).