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Like we said a few days ago, these games will have the intensity of playoff games. The Yankees put up four runs in the first inning against Boston Red Sox starter David Price. Price would leave the game after one inning complaining of hand soreness. Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run home run off Price. With the home run, Sanchez is now 6 for 12 with 5 home runs against Price in his lifetime.
In the third inning, Tyler Austin slid into second base attempting to break up the double play. Brock Holt felt that Austin’s cleats hit him on the slide. The benches would clear, but no punches were thrown.
In the top of the seventh inning, after Joe Kelly initially missed with a fastball inside to Tyler Austin, Kelly put a 98 MPH fastball into Austin’s elbow.
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Naturally, Austin took exception to this, and eventually both benches emptied. Both Austin and Kelly would be ejected from the game, as well as Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.
Tanaka Not Sharp
After not walking a single batter in his first 12 1/3 innings of the season, Masahiro Tanaka walked two batters in five innings on Wednesday. Tanaka gave up a solo home run to Hanley Ramirez in the first inning, but seemed to settle down and gave up no more runs over the next three innings.
However, with the bases loaded and two outs in the 5th, Tanaka gave up a grand slam to Red Sox hitter JD Martinez. Martinez came into the game hitting only .200. Tanaka would get the last out of the 5th inning, but was replaced in the 6th inning by Chad Green.
Green threw two scoreless innings before turning the ball over to David Robertson. Robertson struck out two batters in the frame he pitched. Aroldis Chapman allowed two early base runners in the 9th inning and allowed a run before settling down to secure the Yankees victory.
Big Game From Gary Sanchez
After starting the season 2 for 36, Sanchez broke out tonight against Boston. Sanchez went 3 for 5 with 3 hits, 3 runs, and 4 RBIs. The Yankee catcher slugged two home runs and a double, doubling his extra base total for the season.
Sanchez will look to stay hot as the Yankees send Sonny Gray to face Rick Porcello in the finale of this series tomorrow. Game time is at 7:10pm EDT