The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5-1 on Saturday at Fenway Park. >> Box Score
Four takeaways from Saturday's game
1) Saturday's start was exactly what J.A. Happ needed. While his 2019 season has been very up and down, Happ was dominant on Saturday. In 6.1 innings, Happ allowed only two hits while striking out seven and walking just one. After his six shutout-inning performance against Oakland his last time out, Happ is now up to 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Happ was at one point an afterthought for the Yankees' postseason rotation, but now he may be pitching himself back into a playoff spot.
2) The Yankees scored their first four runs of the game all in the fourth inning. With two men on, Gary Sanchez hit a ground-rule double to right, scoring the first two runs of the game. Next up, Edwin Encarnacion absolutely demolished a 423-foot home run to left field, clearing the green monster and landing well out of the Fenway Park. Encarnacion's 32nd homer of the season doubled the Yankees' lead. Later in the ninth, Encarnacion smoked a double off the wall in left-center, scoring Sanchez for the Yankees' fifth run.
3) After Happ's day came to an end, the Yankees turned to Adam Ottavino, who easily recorded the final two outs in the seventh. Tommy Kahnle came in to pitch the eighth, and he didn't seem to have his best stuff. After allowing a pair of hits, Kahnle was pulled for Zack Britton, who retired the first two batters he faced to end the threat. In the ninth, Aroldis Chapman recorded the first two outs before allowing a solo home run to JD Martinez.
4) Seven of the nine Yankees' starters recorded a hit on Saturday. The only two who did not come away with a hit were Aaron Judge (0-5, 2K) and Mike Tauchman (0-2, 2 BB).
Nobody even moved. pic.twitter.com/puL0brasNn- New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 7, 2019
The Yankees and Red Sox wrap up their final head-to-head series of the regular season on Sunday Night Baseball. Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, 4.42) will face off with Rick Porcello (12-11, 5.63 ERA) with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m.