Yankees’ Road Squad Secures 6-3 Win Over Price, Red Sox
It may only be Spring Training but the electric energy that surrounds a Yankees and Red Sox game is unlike any other rivalry. Whether it’s March or August, Fenway or the Bronx or in this case, Tampa or Fort Myers, both teams leave everything they have on the field to secure the victory.
The newest member of the Red Sox, David Price, made his second start this spring and this time was a lot more like the Cy Young winner that everyone is familiar with. In Price’s four innings of work he struck out an impressive six batters, allowing three hits and just one run; a homer to the Yankees’ Aaron Hicks.
Ivan Nova, who has had impressive outings so far this spring, took the start for the Yankees, also going four innings and allowing three hits; while striking out four. The lone run allowed by Nova was scored in the bottom of the first after allowing consecutive singles by Rusney Castillo and Dustin Pedroia.
The Yankees then turned to Bryan Mitchell for the next three innings. The young righty had a solid outing allowing just one hit and striking out one.
The game remained tied at one until some of the youngest members of the Yankees’ road squad rallied in the top of the eighth to take control.
Boston reliever Robbie Ross Jr. took the mound to start the inning and right away hit Jonathan Diaz, sending him to first. Chris Parmelee then struck out but, a double by Yankees’ minor leaguer Ben Gamel put runners on second and third. Cesar Puello then hit a single on a line drive to center to send both Diaz and Gamel home for a 3-1 Yankee lead.
Puello would advance to second after Carlos Corporan grounded out to third. Ross’ troubles continued as he made a throwing error to first in hopes of getting out Juan Silva but Silva was able to reach first and Puello scored to put the Yankees up 4-1. Silva then stole second base and Ronald Torreyes walked to put runners on first and second.
Another well-known Yankee minor leaguer Cito Culver hit a double on a ground-ball to left sending home Silva and Torreyes to tack on two more for the Yankees for a 6-1 ballgame.
The Red Sox then decided that was is it for Ross as Noe Ramirez took over pitching duties. Ramirez would help the Red Sox escape from any further damage to end that half of the inning.
Boston was able to tack on a run in the bottom of the eighth off of the Yankees’ Nick Rumbelow. The Red Sox only run that inning was scored off a RBI single by Deven Marrero on a line drive to left field to send home Brock Holt.
The only other run Boston would be able to get home was scored in the bottom of the ninth by Brennan Boesch after a double by Sam Travis for a 6-3 ballgame.
Mitchell earned his first win of Spring Training as Ross was charged with the loss.
The Yankees will return back to George M. Steinbrenner Field to take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 6:35pm on Wednesday night. RHP Nathan Eovaldi will take the start for the Yankees against Toronto’s RHP Drew Hutchison.
The Red Sox will visit their South Florida neighbor the Minnesota Twins for their next game at 7:05pm on Wednesday night. RHP Clay Buckholz will start for Boston against Minnesota’s RHP Kyle Gibson.