By: Andrew Tashian
Sunday was Jerry Remy day in Boston. The Red Sox legend, who's currently engaged in his 5th war with cancer, returned to Fenway to be honored for his 30 years of broadcasting. Somerset's own got to stick around to see if the Red Sox could bounce back after a frustrating Saturday night.
Boston did not disappoint their second-base Hall of Famer and honorary President of Red Sox Nation.
Rick Porcello, winner of three straight, took the mound after John Farrell decided to push back Doug Fister's start two nights. Porcello came into the game with a 3.36 ERA [7-8] vs NYY and didn't suck. In fact, he was the opposite of bad, he was good. A fact the millions, AND MILLIONS of Porcello haters can't stand.
Pretty Ricky pitched 6 strong innings, an overlooked stat considering the Sox used 6 relievers in Saturday night's 4-3 loss. The reigning 2016 AL Cy Young had 4 strikeouts and only allowed 1 run on 3 hits. Another clutch start earned Porcello his 4th straight victory, making for a pleasing newsworthy headline, and his 8th win overall.
Porcello pitching his best baseball during the second half is an extremely promising sign. Chris Sale is still legendary & if Drew Pomeranz doesn't feel any ill-effects from the back spasms that stunted his last start, the Red Sox will have 3 hot pitchers heading into the final 39 games.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits on Saturday and continued hitting right into Sunday. Lacing a 2nd inning, 2 run triple into the triangle, against Yankees P Sonny Gray, Jackie gave the Sox an early 2 run lead they'd never relinquish. He added his 3rd RBI on a base hit in the 6th inning stretching the lead to 3-1.
The Red Sox added two insurance runs in the 8th when Bogey walked, Moreland doubled and Sandy Leon doubled them both home with a shot down the RF line. Watching Sandy hustle into second was poetry in motion.
Brandon Workman, who I'm an enormous fan of, pitched his 12th straight scoreless outing and didn't allow a hit. Actually, the Sox bullpen didn't allow a hit, as Reed & Kimbrel both pitched perfect frames.
Perhaps Farrell has found his 7th - 8th - 9th inning guys in Workman, Reed & Kimbrel.
However, there's a chance he'll continue to shove Barnes & Kelly out there, as he struggles to find a combination that works for him.
Aaron Judge continued to drown in his ocean of strikeouts. 37 consecutive games with one, an MLB record. That's nearly a quarter of the season. The Yankees right fielder went 0-for-4 leaving the question: How much longer will New York fans defend this?
The Face of [swinging and missing] Baseball[s]
Boston now has a 5 game lead heading into a tough 4 game series against Cleveland as they turn to E-Rod for the first game on Monday night. Rodriguez has struggled to stay in ball games & has typically had one bad inning per start. The Cardinals got to him for four runs in the 2nd inning of Wednesday's game, a game
Mookie Betts ended up winning in the 9th on a wall ball double.
Boston could really put a stranglehold on the AL East, close the gap between themselves and Houston & extend the gap between themselves and Cleveland with a dominant performance this week.
Jerry Remy will be looking for his own strong performance this week, as he's scheduled for more medical procedures. RemDawg is as strong as they come, has overcome more than most and has beaten this horrible disease before. We know he can do it again.
His presence & support for the Red Sox helped secure a win on Sunday, I truly believe that.
Let's do the same for Jerry.
Final Score: Red Sox 5 - Yankees 1
Photo Credit: Remy - Nancy Lane/JBJ - Associated Press/Porcello -New York Post