The New York Yankees split the series against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night in primetime by winning 3-1.
The pitching matchup was between Tanner Houck and Domingo German and both pitchers did their jobs in the matchup but it was the defense of the Yankees that got the upper hand.
German was wearing No. 0 and Houck was wearing No. 89 which makes it the 2nd longest gap in numbers between starting pitchers in major league history.
Last season, Marcus Stroman and Tijan Walker got the longest gap with jersey numbers 0 and 99 respectively.
Red Sox were unable to score runners home
The Red Sox had runners every inning against German and all the relievers but went 0 for 5 in runners in scoring position and 11 runners were stranded.
The only run was off a Devers homer in the 6th that tied the game and was also his 2nd homer in as many days.
The most crucial of this was in the 9th inning when Alex Verdugo hit a one-out single before the Yankees closer was able to strike out Yoshida and ground out Devers to save the game.
The Red Sox had 7 hits and were walked 4 times, 2 of them from Yoshida which one of them was on a 14-pitch at-bat which was the longest at-bat all season for the Sox.
Red Sox player of the game: Tanner Houck
Despite the loss, Houck pitched great against the strong Yankees lineup. Houck retired all batters for the first three innings and struck out 6 in that span before allowing the first homer from Gleyber Torres.
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Then after the Devers homer, Willie Calhoun who is filling in right field for Aaron Judge while he’s on the injured list for a toe injury and he’s been hitting .310 with 9 RBIs in his last 12 games.
After that he was taken out in the 7th by Brennan Bernadino and Josh Winchkowski.
Houck is trying to be a centerpiece in the rotation alongside Kutter Crawford while Chris Sale is out for a while and Corey Kluber and Nick Pivetta try to improve in the bullpen.
The Boston Red Sox will play their series finale on Sunday night at 7:10 pm first pitch on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.