After a mostly defensive display on opening day, the Yankees faced some difficulties in that area on Saturday.
A pair of fouls by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo in the second half partially implied that Luis Severino only went more than three rounds in his first season, but the Yankees were able to shake them off in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
In the second half, J.D. Martinez took a ground ball to a short distance, but Kiner-Falefa was unable to land it cleanly. Alex Verdugo came next and smashed Severino’s fastball into the right-court benches to put the Red Sox ahead 2-0.
Trevor Storey then hit a fly ball into left field which Gallo didn’t seem to read, forcing him to dive for it in vain. It was a weakness for Story, and while he was eventually stranded, errors forced Severino to make 31 throws in the inning.
“I noticed at the time that it was a mysterious part of [field]Director Aaron Boone said. “The sun was early in the morning, so you probably didn’t get your best reading right away.”
Gallo’s tough day continued into the lower half of the game when he fired a shot off the right field wall but was easily thrown by Jackie Bradley Jr in an effort to extend the hit into a double. Then, at the top of the third set, Gallo let a fly ball from the left field wall bounce in front of him, allowing Raphael Devers to take out a double.
Kiner-Falefa went on to make some tough plays in short order but also made a throwing foul in the ninth inning that Aroldis Chapman worked around.
The Yankees continued to use PitchCom on Saturday, though there was another short hiccup in the third inning when Severino hit the hill: He couldn’t hear the command from the acoustic transmitter.
“I left it in the dugout, and that’s why I didn’t hear it,” said Severino, who brought him the transmitter on the hill, with a laugh.
After not playing a game on the field until July 30 last season, Giancarlo Stanton started on the right field on Saturday against the Red Sox. He is expected to play on the field two to three times a week this season, giving Boone more flexibility in the squad. With Stanton on the right field, Aaron Judge moved to field position with Gallo on the left as Josh Donaldson climbed into Stanton’s regular spot in the DH.
Odd man Aaron Hicks was out of the lineup on Saturday, but he was fine after hitting a ball off his right foot on Friday and coming on as a defensive bench on the ninth.
The Yankees used four outfield players against Rafael Devers with two teams and empty bases in the seventh inning. Devers on the floor.
The Yankees were kicked out by Jeisson Rosario to Double-A Somerset. Rosario, whose Yankees had previously claimed exemptions from the Red Sox, was appointed to the appointment last week to make way for Marwin Gonzalez on the 40-man roster.