Greg Bird Rounds Bases After Hitting Fourth Inning Home Run
GAME ONE FINAL
Red Sox 1
I was in attendance for Friday night's series opener between the Boston Red Sox and Bronx Bombers, and can testify to the high voltage coursing through Yankee Stadium's veins.
Starter C.C. Sabathia set the tone early by retiring the Red Sox in order to start the game.
In the bottom of the second, the young Yanks inflicted early damage against Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Batting fifth, second baseman Gleyber Torres led-off with a triple off the center field wall. Next up, third baseman Miguel Andujar blooped a hit where they aint, driving home Torres with the game's first run.
The Yankees then flexed their muscle in the fourth. After Giancarlo Stanton drew a lead-off walk, Didi Gregorious struck a double to deep center. Stanton would soon score on a sac-fly by Gleyber Torres. After which, Miguel Andujar deposited a Eduardo Rodriguez offering into the left field seats for a two-run home run. Greg Bird made it back-to-back home runs with an opposite field launch to left giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
With one out and Greg Bird on first base in the bottom of the seventh, Aaron Judge hit his 21st home run of the season. And in the eighth, Greg Bird capped off the scoring with his second home run of the game, giving the Yankees an 8-1 final margin of victory.
C.C. Sabathia pitched very well in earning his fifth victory of the season. He threw 97 pitches through seven full innings pitched, with 62 (64%) going for strikes. He limited the Red Sox to just one run on six hits and a walk, while fanning five.
Relievers Chad Green and Chasen Shreve each contributed an inning of no hit scoreless ball, with three strikeouts.
GAME TWO MATCH-UP
C.C. Sabathia deals in second inning.