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Yankees vs. Red Sox: Rivalry Renewed

Credits: Sports Illustrated

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox renewed their rivalry again last night. this is one of the biggest rivalries in all of baseball, dating back to 1901. The Yankees took the first game 5-1 due to solid pitching all around and the long ball.

PITCHING

Jordan Montgomery was the starter, as he pitched very well in his first start of the year. Tommy John surgery in 2018 caused him to only have two games pitched last year. He got three strikeouts on 5-2/3 innings pitched with only one earned run. His change-up was his most frequent pitch early in the count. He used the change-up to strike out one batter. The 80-82 mph curveball was his best pitch though, as he used it as his last pitch to strike out three batters. The Yankees did have three double plays while he was pitching. Only five swings from the Red Sox were hit hard at 95 mph or more.

BULLPEN

The bullpen did fantastic work, as they did not allow one run to be scored. They retired eight-straight batters, which included five strikeouts. Chad Green had four strikeouts in two innings pitched. His blazing fastball was in full effect.

LONG BALL

Three home-runs were hit in the game last night. The first one belonged to Aaron Judge, and he’s hit the baseball very well in his last three games. His streak of three straight games hitting a home-run is still alive. The home-run in the third inning went for 376 feet in right field, making it 2-1.

In the fourth inning, the first batter of the inning, Gio Urshela hit one to right field at 363 feet.

With one out in the eighth inning, Brett Gardner smacked the ball into the second deck in right field for 401 feet. The home-run hit by Gardner accounted for two runs as well.

Amazingly, 21 runs out of 31 have been scored via the long ball.

Game two is tonight, as Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound against Zack Godley at 7:07 P.M. EST.

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