BOSTON – Chance Adams showed his promise as a prospect in his major league debut Saturday, allowing just three runs on three hits in five innings of work as a spot-starter.
The 23-year-old was called up to debut in Boston after Luis Cessa was forced into long-man duty during Thursday’s 15-to-7 disaster. Adams had been scheduled to start for the RailRiders, but had his plans changed to start for the big-league club instead. Of the three hits he allowed, unfortunately, two of them were home runs. Andrew Benintendi singled before Mitch Moreland tagged Adams for a two-run shot in the first inning. J.D. Martinez then clobbered a 390-foot solo shot over the Green Monster in the fourth inning.
“It’s baseball, it’s a good lineup, they’re gonna hit homers and stuff,” Adams said. “I just had to calm myself down and know to make my pitches.”
For the second consecutive day, the Yankees offense was mesmerized by a starting pitcher with a very low pitch count. After Rick Porcello Maddux-ed the Yanks on Friday with an 86-pitch complete game, Nathan Eovaldi needed just 93 pitches to throw eight shutout innings against his former ballclub. He definitely had enough energy to pitch the ninth inning, but the Red Sox decided to use closer Craig Kimbrel since he hadn’t pitched in six days.
Kimbrel struck out the first two batters he faced, but then allowed consecutive doubles to Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton to spoil the shutout. He then walked Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres to load the bases but managed to retire Greg Bird on a fly out to center field.
Yankee hitters are batting .152/.210/.380 with 28 strikeouts and six walks in these three games with Boston so far. They get a chance to turn it around Sunday night against David Price on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Price is 0-2 with a 24.92 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season. On the other side is Masahiro Tanaka, who has a 5–2 record with a 2.09 ERA in seven career starts when the Yankees are facing a series sweep, including wins in his two such starts against the Red Sox (per Elias).