BOSTON — CC Sabathia’s performance earlier in the day made yesterday’s nightcap a gravy game of sorts. At worst, the Yankees, in a horrific slump before the All-Star break that continued with a crushing walk-off loss Friday night, would leave Fenway Park with a split of the four-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox.
And Boston lefthander David Price made sure that was the case, doing something he hasn’t done in some time against the Yankees. He shut them down, going eight innings and handing them a 3-0 loss in Game 2 of the doubleheader. The Yankees, who won the first game, 3-0, behind CC Sabathia, entered Game 2 as the only MLB team not to have been shut out this year.
The series split left the Yankees (47-43) where they were at the All-Star break: 3 ½ games behind Boston (52-41) and two games out in the loss column. “We probably gave one away and we probably also stole one,” Joe Girardi said of a series in which elite closers Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel blew save chances in the first two games. “I thought we played pretty well, I thought we pitched pretty well. Our bullpen did a tremendous job. It’s a tough place to play and we ended up 2-2. We’re going in the right direction, and I think part of that was getting our bullpen back on track.”
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