Game 92. Yanks Blast Boston, 9-1.

The Yankees (48-44, 4th, 7 back) beat Boston 9-1 last night, and it was a satisfying win on many levels.

For one, Jameson Taillon is 4-0, 2.86 in his last six starts, lowering his ERA from 5.74 to 4.60.

For another, the players the Yanks have filling in while others are on the IL or Covid IL, made huge contributions. They don’t have to be Aaron Judge. Who can be. What they need to do, and what they did do, was stay within their game, do what they do well, and contribute using the best of their own individual talent. Good to see that from them last night.

For another, those fill-ins, if you will, were aggressive and you saw a hit-and-run, stolen bases, and even a drag bunt for a hit by regular Rougned Odor (who also homered).

The Yanks struck first in the second inning when Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (5).

In the third, one of the players filling in, Greg Allen, singled. He went to third on a hit-and-run single by D.J. LeMahieu, and scored on an RBI groundout by Giancarlo Stanton. 2-0.

More aggressiveness in the fifth. Odor beat out a bunt for a single. Other player filling in, Ryan LaMarre, singled Odor to third and moved up to second himself on an error. Earlier in the game, it appeared as if LaMarre was injured, but he shook it off. He would contribute even more later. Good thing LaMarre was ok, because earlier in the game, another of the fill-ins, Trey Amburgey, had to leave the game with a hamstring issue. Not only that, on another play in the game, the Yanks almost had three players run into each other. You can’t keep losing players.

Anyway, now the Yanks had runners on second and third, and Allen made it 3-0 by hitting a SF. Just doing the little things.

The Yanks broke open the game with four runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner singled and Odor homered (10) to make it 5-0. LaMarre walked and stole second. Allen walked. A couple of flyouts later, and LaMarre was on third. Allen stole second. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. Torres walked to force in a run. 6-0. Chris Gittens walked to force in another run. 7-0.

Boston scored a run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks scored two more in the bottom of the eighth when Odor walked and LaMarre hit a 2-run HR (1).

Final score, 9-1.

Torres 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
LaMarre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (1)

Taillon (W, 5-4) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.60
Green (H, 12) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.79
Britton 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 5.40
Luetge 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.26

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