Well, after two days of waiting, Jarren Duran’s highly anticipated major league debut has certainly been eventful.
The Red Sox finally fell to the Yankees by a final score of 3-1 in a rain-shortened six-innings game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night, but not before two rain delays, two ejections, one player hit in the back by a baseball thrown by a fan, and a period of time when baseball was being played in absolute downpour.
Still, Boston saw their unbeaten run against division rivals end on Saturday, as they are now 7-1 this year against New York.
Nathan Eovaldi made his 19th start of the season for the Sox, and he was once again solid taking on his former team.
In five solid innings of work, the veteran right-hander gave up just one earned run on two hits, one walk and one batter with seven strikeouts on the night.
As Eovaldi rode early, the Red Sox squad backed him up in their second-run half.
There, with one out and the bases empty, Duran stepped in for the very first time in his big-league career with Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on the waiting mound.
On the very first pitch he saw from Cole, a 95 mph fastball over the bottom half of the plate, Duran ripped a single line to center field for his first career hit.
The quick outfield prospect wouldn’t stay at first base for long as he moved up to second on a field before scoring on an RBI single from Christian Arroyo that gave the Red Sox their first lead of the night at 1-0. .
From there, Eovaldi continued to seat the Yankees hitters left and right – and even scored a no-hit in the fifth inning before handing a brace to Greg Allen to break the no-hit auction.
Allen, known for his speed, was driven on an egalitarian RBI base kick from DJ LeMahieu moments later, which ended Eovaldi’s outing as soon as he recorded the final of the fifth.
Finishing with a final tally of 94 (66 strikes), the 31-year-old pitcher ignored Saturday’s decision, despite lowering his ERA over the season to 3.57. His next start is set to come against that same Yankees team back at Fenway Park next Friday.
Venable, Plawecki kicked out for arguing strikes
In the first half of the sixth, the Red Sox failed to score Cole, although they certainly had a golden opportunity to do so.
A two-out ball from Rafael Devers followed by a single from Hunter Renfroe and a free pass from Duran filled the groundwork for Christian Vazquez, who fell behind in the scoring to 0-2 before offering a half-hearted swing on a slider well on the outside.
While it can be argued that Vazquez did not break the plane during his swing attempt, the veteran backstop was still called on strike, causing the Red Sox dugout to erupt in protest against the call. .
As a result of that reaction, bench coach Will Venable and backup receiver Kevin Plawecki were kicked out of the contest, which, in theory, left the Red Sox with just one receiver.
Chaos down the sixth
As Hirokazu Sawamura prepared to take control of Eovaldi out of the Red Sox compound, rain continued to fall in the Bronx area.
Before a pitch could even be thrown in the sixth inning, a pandemonium ensued when a Yankees fan in the left field bleachers threw a baseball at Alex Verdugo which hit the outfielder in the back.
This streak, which resulted from Verdugo’s attempt to throw the ball he was playing with a Red Sox fan in the stands, led Verdugo to become visibly upset, as he began to charge towards the left-field wall. looking for the fan who hit him.