Tuesday night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees lacked its usual drama, but there was a vision of future promise as the Red Sox young bats powered the Sox over the rival Yankees 9-4 at Yankee Stadium. The victory gave Joe Kelly his first win in a Red Sox uniform.
The offensive explosion started early for the young Red Sox bats. The team jumped out to an early 6-0 lead against Yankees rookie right-hander Shane Greene (4-2). Yoenis Cespedes kicked off the scoring in the first inning with an RBI double that gave the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead. Mike Napoli’s sacrifice fly scored the second run of the inning, giving Kelly a 2-0 advantage to work with.
Kelly held the Yankees bats at bay, striking out four batters through two innings. Then the Red Sox exploded with a four-fun third inning. Three of the runs came off a three-run homer off that bat of Daniel Nava followed by a solo shot by Xander Bogaerts. The Yankees were able to get one run back in the bottom of the inning to make the score 6-1, but Mookie Betts got that run back in the fourth inning as he launched a solo home run into the stands to make the score 7-1.
Kelly (1-1) went on to allow to more runs to the Yankees, but was able to take a 7-3 lead into the seventh inning to record his first victory as the Sox eventually won the game 9-4. It was a great night for the young bats and the Red Sox offense. Bogaerts was particularly optimistic about the offensive output.
After the game, he said, “This season definitely has not been the way that we all wanted, we all expected it to be. But there’s a lot of talent coming up and hopefully we can blend it together and have a good future.” The 21-year-old Bogaerts was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox send young rookie RHP Anthony Ranaudo to the mound Wednesday night against Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.88). Ranaudo will be looking to remain undefeated, as he is 3-0 in his first three major league starts. Dustin Pedroia sat out for the third straight game due to concussion-like symptoms.