Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello had his A-game against the Yankees on Friday night, as New York mustered only one hit in a 4-1 loss. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) Porcello needed only 86 pitches to get through the entire Yankees offense. Miguel Andujar was the only Yankee to get a hit -- a solo homer in the top of the third inning. Porcello came into this game with a 5.10 ERA at Fenway Park, but that number certainly diminished after this masterpiece.
2) Severino continues to struggle. He allowed three runs in the first inning, with Steve Pearce once again hitting a homer after blasting three in the first game of this series last night. His pitch command was off, and it allowed the Red Sox to get into good hitter's counts early on. He would settle down, however, but it wasn't enough given Porcello's outing. Overall, he allowed four runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings, while his ERA jumped over three to 3.08 on the season now.
3) One mere glimpse of light from the Yankees came in a perfect inning from recently-recalled Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle found out his was promoted at 2 p.m. today, and he quickly made the trip to Boston from Pennsylvania to be activated for the game. He came in and he struck out his first batter. He, then, got Eduardo Nunez to groundout and Brock Holt to line out to center. Kahnle's power changeup looked great, though his fastball velocity was hovering around 95 mph compared to his 98.1 average last season. Good start, though, for the righty.
Highlights from today's game
Severino had a rough first inning, meanwhile Porcello put on a clinic.
Severino allowed yet another home run and the Yankees were the ones in the early hole. He slowly turned things around and began to find his rhythm as the game progressed. The velocity was promising (he was hitting 99 in the sixth inning), however he sat inside the zone too often, and when he tried to get the Red Sox to miss, his pitches were well outside of the zone.
As such, Severino had just five swing and misses tonight, and two strikeouts.
On the other side, Porcello was straight up dominant outside of one mistake he made to Andujar, which left the yard. He set down 22 in a row after the home run, which was the Yanks only hit despite making solid contact multiple times.
After losing the first two games of the series, the Yankees are in a very bad spot with rookie Chance Adams making his major league debut Saturday afternoon.
The Yankees continue their series with the Red Sox on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. as Adams makes his debut against newest Sox hurler and former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi.