NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees fans can expect to see this version of Aaron Judge hacking his way toward a healthy and potentially 60-homer season.
Matt Carpenter is a different matter. Signed to the scrap pile in May, the former St. Louis Cardinals slugger was a mighty big question mark.
“It’s become an exclamation point,” said manager Aaron Boone.
And now New York are one victory away from ending a memorable first half with a series win over their bitter division rival.
Judge homed twice to equal Roger Maris’s franchise record of 33 before the All-Star break, Carpenter also connected twice and scored seven, and the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 14-1 on Saturday night. defeated.
The major league-leading Yankees had lost five out of six, and stumbled again when Boston’s Rafael Devers hit a homer in the first inning.
Jameson Tallon stabilized himself as he retired his last 17 batsmen, while bowling one run in six innings. Ryan Webber closed the New York three-hitter with a three-inning save – the first of his career – and the Yankees earned their big league-best 28th comeback win. His 63 wins are the most franchises before the All-Star break.
The judge had a single shot to Nick Pivetta in the fifth and a two-run drive against Caleb Ort in the sixth. He is on pace at 59 home runs, which allowed him to jeopardize Maris’s 61-set club record in 1961. Maris scored 33 runs in the All-Star break that season.
“It’s unbelievable,” said the judge. “We’ve still got one more day. Don’t cut me short now.”
A season-high sellout of 47,997 fans sent Carpenter calling for a curtain after a three-run drive against Darwinjon Hernandez in the fifth. That one took the Yankees 8-1, and they finished the night 5-4 against the Red Sox this season, entering Sunday’s series finale.
“With this group of fans and this team, to have that moment here and where this year started for me is very special,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter’s second homer was also a three-run shot, and he made a 13-pitch, base-loaded walk in the eighth. His seven RBIs matched career highs, a feat he achieved against the Cubs on June 12.
He has 13 homers and 31 RBIs in 30 games since joining New York after the Texas Rangers released him from a minor league contract in May. Four of those homers have come against Boston in the past nine days.
It’s quite a turnaround for the 36-year-old, who forged a new swing over the winter after hitting just .169 with St. Louis last year.
“I think it’s a testament to him wanting to squeeze everything out of his career,” Boone said.
Talon (10-2) allowed only two hits and took five hits before leaving the blowout with only 79 pitches. The right-handed batsman had an ERA of 8.57 in his last four games, including a pounding at Fenway Park last weekend.
“It was good to have a nice, comfortable win,” he said.
Pivetta (8–7) had a strong end to the first half of the season, conceding seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, and the Red Sox dropped to 6–13 in their last 19 games.
Yankees players have described the past week – a blip during an otherwise illustrious season – as a necessary adversity.
He caught it a bit more when Devers added for the second night in a row in the first innings. The solo drive was his 22nd this season, and he has been linked in three straight games overall.
New York responded by slamming Pivetta at the bottom of the innings. After hard base hits from Judge and Anthony Rizzo, Carpenter shoved a three-run homer to the right for a 4-1 lead.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before the game that he would push Pivetta back into the rotation to take a breather after the All-Star break. His 108 innings led the team by more than 30 frames, leading to concerns about his workload.
“They’ve struggled the last three or four, haven’t they?” Cora said. “It looked like his command was not the way he was at the time of the roll, and hopefully now he’ll get a break, reset and be ready for his first one after the All-Star break.”
what did he do?
Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. smashed the wall into the left-center gap and opened the first innings with a basket catch over his left shoulder on a drive from DJ Lemhieu.
If you are curious…
Barry Bonds holds the major league record with 39 homers on his way to the single-season mark of 73 before the All-Star break in 2001.
Red Sox: 2b Trevor Storey (injured right arm) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday. … Si Conor Wong was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.
Yankees: RHP Miguel Castro was placed on a 15-day injury list with a right shoulder strain. Don’t expect him to start throwing up again for a month. …of Tim Locastro was called from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … RHP Luis Severino (right latitude) is expected to take two weeks off from throwing.
Red Sox LHP Chris Sells (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will face Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (8-2, 3.05) on Sunday after being separated from a broken rib in his second start of the season. Sale started his season on Tuesday night with five scoreless knocks against the Rays. Cole played seven shutout innings, including 11 strikeouts, against Cincinnati in a 4-3 loss on Tuesday.
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