Yankees Hitters Prayed for Rain, but Rick Porcello Just Pitched Through It

Yankees Hitters Prayed for Rain, but Rick Porcello Just Pitched Through It

The Yankees were all punched out.

Major League Baseball suspended Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly for six games and New York Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin for five games for their roles in Wednesday's brawl during New York's 10-7 win Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday.

One of Porcello's six strikeouts against NY came in the sixth inning, as he returned to the mound after waiting out a 45-minute rain delay. By the end of the second inning, it was clear the Sox were not going to let the Yankees leave town as winners of the series, despite their ninth-inning surge.

Porcello, a Seton Hall Prep grad, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

Luis Severino (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) and Masahiro Tanaka (5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) were also lousy in the Red Sox series. Sonny Gray threw three wild pitches. He stayed in after the rain delay.

Last season, Gray had a 4.63 ERA in eight starts with Sanchez, and a 1.45 ERA in three starts with Romine (3.60 this season in two starts). With Didi Gregorius batting, Giancarlo Stanton steals second. Brett Gardner didn't get a hit in four tries. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer over six-plus innings pitched in each of his six career starts against NY at Fenway. He knows that he is just three starts into a long season but wants to build off his strong start.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA) has won each of his two starts this season.

First, there was Tuesday night's game, when the first-place Red Sox put a 14-1 hurting on the visitors from NY, highlighted by a Mookie Betts grand slam during a nine-run sixth inning.

Gray appeared to signal to Ramirez that there was no intent.

"Two competitive teams going at it and stuff happens, " Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of the scuffle. X-rays didn't show structural damage.

Velazquez threw 52/3 innings of one-run ball against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth game of the year but has been pitching out of the bullpen since then.

The ugliest moment came in the third.

Red Sox second. Eduardo Nunez singles to shallow infield. The latter came on a fly ball that should've been caught by Stanton in left, but the official scorekeeper gave JBJ the credit and spared Stanton of the error. Jackie Bradley Jr. doubles to left field. Wade's throw one-hopped Sanchez and it skipped past home plate. Sandy Leon to second.

Six of them induced outs.

By then, the Red Sox has added a pair of runs, as the slow-paced Gray struggled again in the third. Aaron Judge to third. Leon was safe on Benintendi's fielder's choice and Mitch Moreland would follow that up with an RBI single.

Porcello tamed a lethal Yankees lineup by painting the corners and keeping hitters off balance by mixing his pitches.

Now CC Sabathia is on the disabled list, and the Yankees don't yet have a fifth starter to replace him. He finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

"The only thing I would had done different than Joe Kelly tonight, is I would've hit Tyler Austin at his previous at bat". Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren handled the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

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