Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Yankees came to Fenway Park for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees struck first in the top of the 2nd inning as Chase Headley doubled to score Starlin Castro. Brian McCann drove in Brett Gardner an inning later to give New York a 2-0 lead over Boston. Those 2 runs would be the only runs the Yankees scored until the top of the 9th, when closer Craig Kimbrel walked in a run with two outs to make it a 5-3 ball-game. John Farrell called upon reliever Matt Barnes to save the game, which is exactly what he did as he struck out Mark Teixeira to end the game.
Rick Porcello, Boston’s starter, went 8 strong innings, giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 6. He secured his major-league leading 15th win of the season, and improved to 11-0 at Fenway Park.
For the first time in a while, the benches cleared in the 7th inning between the Sox and Yanks. Yankees Chase Headley hit a double off of the Monster, and was thrown out by Jackie Bradley Jr. in attempt for a triple. Headley, not agreeing with the call, proceeded to remain at third base, and Rick Porcello didn’t like it. At all.
— MLB (@MLB) August 10, 2016
Ace Rick Porcello just showing balls in Red Sox – Yankee scrum https://t.co/xVAJG0PEjV
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) August 10, 2016
This is the kind of energy and competitiveness that you love to see from your ace. And yes, I said ace. Porcello has earned that role, going out there every start and showing leadership. He is now 15-3 on the season, one of the best records in baseball. When he pitches at Fenway? Forget about it. He’s 11-0 in 12 games played in Boston.
Besides that, what was Headley doing? You’re out. JBJ just hosed you from center field. Get the fuck off the field. This is Porcello’s world, and we’re all living in it. Including you, Headley. Sadly, no punches were thrown. Chase Headley didn’t want it. He would’ve gotten his ass handed to him, anyway.
On a side note, Rick Porcello is quietly making his case for American League Cy Young. Just wait on it. Numbers don’t lie, and he’s putting up the best numbers of his life.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) August 10, 2016
Congrats on career win #100, Rick. You’ve just joined CC, King Felix, and Kershaw as the only 4 active pitchers to reach 100 wins before the age of 28. Pretty elite company if you ask me.