The Boston Red Sox played their rivals, the New York Yankees, at Yankee Stadium this past weekend for the first time in the 2021 baseball season. Leading up to this series, Boston had lost their last 11 games in Yankee Stadium. In last year’s shortened season, the two teams only played each other ten times, with the Yankees winning nine of those games. This season, they will play each other 19 times. Their next series is from June 25th to June 27th at Fenway Park. Their three wins this week mark the team’s first sweep in Yankee Stadium since June of 2011.
Red Sox first-baseman Bobby Dalbec had a history-making home run in Saturday’s game. His sixth home run of the season traveled 453 feet with an exit velocity of 115.6 mph. It was the fourth hardest-hit home run in the Statcast era, which began in 2015, and the longest and hardest-hit ball by a Red Sox player in Yankee Stadium in the Statcast era as well.
Sunday’s game went into extra innings after the Yankees tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth. Then, with two outs and runners on first and third, Yankee second baseman Rougned Odor was given an outside pitch which was called a strike, benefitting the Red Sox. Objections from the Yankee dugout led to third base coach Phil Nevin and bench coach Carlos Mendoza being ejected from the game. In the top of the tenth, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs on a single to left field with two outs. The Yankees were only able to score one more run in the bottom of the tenth, so the Red Sox won 6-5.
After last year’s season, the Red Sox made several changes to their roster and were expected to have a transitional season this year. However, the Red Sox are doing better than expected and have already won 37 games after being projected to win 80 in total. Manager Alex Cora is being considered for Manager of the Year. The Yankees are not doing as well as originally projected, with 32 wins so far. Fans are calling for manager Aaron Boone to be fired after losing three games to the Red Sox.
After their series with the Yankees, the Red Sox returned to Fenway to finish their three-game series with the Miami Marlins. The Red Sox won the first two games at the end of May, but the final game was postponed until June 7th due to rain. The Red Sox won the make-up game with a final score of 5-3, marking another sweep for Boston. Their sweep of the Marlins is the Red Sox’s eleventh series win so far this season.