The story of the night was Rick Porcello. Porcello, from Chester, lost the flawless game when he hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch in the fourth inning. He uncorked a staggering three wild pitches - while walking a pair as well.
Afterward, he couldn't explain what went wrong.
The right-hander, who had allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his previous road starts, had a hard time with his command on a damp night.
Austin, Kelly, Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle and third base coach Phil Nevin were ejected. We can pitch. We can play defense. Paul DeJong hit a solo shot to break a 4-4 tie in the sixth before St. Louis dropped Cincinnati to 2-10, the Reds' worst 12-game start since 1955. "There was never any thought in my mind that a year ago kind of reoccured or any of that". He's a career.242 hitter with a.309 career on-base percentage.
"Out of character for me", Cora said. "That's the biggest thing".
"I had it as three or four rows in the seats", Stanton said. "But definitely want to continue to build off the start".
The Yankees scored four runs off Price (1-1) in the first inning before the lefty ace exited the game with a tingling sensation in his pitching hand.
Welcome back to Boston, Yankees.
"The whole [AL East] race question, that's for you guys to answer", Porcello said to reporters.
It's not the first time Cora has consulted a prior scouting report to help his current players. He threw 99 pitches, 69 of them for strikes. Both topics were broached in early conversations between Cora and the players in question after he was formally hired at the 47th Boston manager in November.
"You hope that when he comes back out he's not as sharp", first baseman Neil Walker said. "It was fresh in my mind".
The Yankees' defense couldn't make the right choices in the second and third inning of the game.
Past year marked the first time the clubs had finished within two games of each other since 2007, but it's not like they spent 2017 at each other's throats. "He's got good stuff, he knows it".