Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Rivalry Might Be Alive Once Again With A Series Opener That Had The Key Big Game Feeling With Joe Kelly Going Toe-to-Toe With New York Slugger Aaron Judge
On Tuesday another series in the long history of the Boston Red Sox vs the New York Yankees kicked off. The last couple of years the long-time rivalry has been diminished to the point where many baseball fans and players alike call it non-existent. But this time around it feels different, because it is different.
This time both the Red Sox and the Yankees are battling it out for the top spot in the American League East, and for the first time in a long-time, both teams have young and talented rosters. Tuesday’s game had a different feel to it, it had a Yankees-Red Sox feel. The starter for Boston was Drew Pomeranz and the starter for New York was Masahiro Tanaka.
Pomeranz went five innings in a 5-4 win for the Red Sox allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits and struck out seven Yankees batters. Tanaka for the Yankees went five innings as well, but he allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits.
Kelly’s night was an eventful one though, the the hard throwing reliever pitching the seventh inning for Boston and faced a monster in Aaron Judge with two-outs and a speedy Brett Gardner standing at second base with the lead on the line for the Red Sox.
Kelly was flaming on Tuesday night and his duel with Judge is something that should be remembered as we get deeper and deeper into the season. His first pitch was a 102 mph fastball that Judge fouled off, second pitch was 101 mph with a hesitation style delivery the went for a ball up high. The third pitch was a 93 mph slider that Judge fouled off followed by a 101 mph fastball that Judge also fouled off.
The fifth pitch of the at-bat was one many in Boston will remember, Kelly reached back and tossed a 104 mph fastball, a Red Sox record in-fact, that Judge proceeded to foul off for the fourth foul ball of the sequence. Kelly with Judge on his heels threw a slider for his sixth pitch to get Judge flailing for strike 3 to get out of the inning and preserve the Boston lead of 5-3 at the time.
With the win, Boston moves to 32-25 on the season and sit just one game back of the Yankees for first place in the AL East with the chance to tie New York on Wednesday night in the Bronx. Wednesday’s matchup features reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello against veteran Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.