The Yankees got out to an early three-run lead, but the Red Sox battled back, beating the Yankees for the third game in row, 6-5, on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv...
- With the game tied a five in the seventh, Adam Warren uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Mookie Betts to score the winning run.
- Betts had tied the game earlier in the inning with an RBI single.
- Brett Gardner put the Yankees up early with an RBI triple, and Gary Sanchez followed with a two-run home run, his 15th of the season.
- Starter Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings pitched.
- Luis Severino escaped a bases-loaded jam, but did allow a run, two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen.
- Austin Romine and Didi Gregorius both had multi-hit games.
- Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury both exited the game with apparent injuries.
This is not exactly how the Yankees envisioned this series panning out.
While the Yankees are still mathematically in the Wild Card race, their focus for the rest of the season mainly rests with the performance of their young players. There will be ups and downs along the way -- today's game being a perfect example -- but the experience cannot be understated.
Gary Sanchez has established himself as the future face of the club. It is unfair for fans to expect this kind of production over a whole season, but I believe it is safe to say Sanchez is going to be an integral component to the Yankees' future.
On the rubber, two of the Yankees potential starting pitchers for 2017 were on display. Bryan Mitchell is still under 35 innings of total work for the season, so seeing some rust is not surprising. Luis Severino has shown the ability to lock down opponents, however, he too is still fine-tuning his repertoire as displayed today.
That's what the rest of this season boils down to, fine tuning for a bright future.
The Yankees will look to salvage a win in the final game of their four-game series with the Red Sox on Sunday night at 8:08 p.m. CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.10 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and face off against LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-5, 4.60 ERA).