Game 88. Refsnyder’s 1st MLB HR ices Yanks 8-6 win.

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The Yanks enter the All-Star break at 48-40 and with  a 3 1/2 game lead in the AL East after an 8-6 win over Boston today.

Brian McCann got the scoring started with a 2-run HR (14) in the second inning.

Nathan Eovaldi, who, although he got the win to put him at 9-2, was maddening as usual. He gave up 3 runs in the third and lasted just five innings.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth, courtesy of a balk.

In the sixth, Gardner singled, A-Rod doubled home a run (hit 3020, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro on the all-time list… next up Lou Brock at 3023), Young hit a one-out double scoring A-Rod and Headley hit a two-out double scoring Young. Yanks up 6-3.

Boston got one back in the bottom of the sixth. 6-4.

In the ninth, Rob Refsnyder, who singled earlier for his first MLB hit, made MLB hit #2 a memorable one, hitting his first MLB homer. At the time, it seemed like icing on the cake.  8-4 Yanks.

Except that errors by McCann and Refsnyder in the bottom of the ninth led to two unearned Boston runs, made us sweat, and made the final score 8-6.

It’ll be interesting. Ryan and Beltran come off the DL after the All-Star break. Do you bring back both? At whose expenses? Beltran is a no-doubter, but do you bring Ryan back? If so, there isn’t enough room for Didi, Drew, Refsnyder, Ryan and Petit (when Refsnyder was brought up, Figueroa was sent down). What moves are coming up? Any trades?

Eovaldi (W, 9-2, 4.50) 5 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Warren (who could use the break, shaky lately) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.65
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.73.
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.53.
Miller 1 IP, 2 R (both unearned), 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.53.

The Yanks will start up after the break on Friday. They will go Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Eovaldi and Nova.

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