Wow, simply wow.
Rick Porcello pitched in what could be his best game of the season as he was one hit shy of a no-hitter and/or shutout. He was also beyond efficient in this game, doing something that only he did nearly two years ago.
He also did something no Red Sox pitcher had done since “The Rocket” in 1991.
Any way you spin it, Porcello was masterful on Friday night. In case you forget, he hurled a complete game allowing just one hit on a home run to Yankees third baseman, Miguel Andujar. Besides that, Porcello issued zero walks and struck out nine hitters in pinstripes.
It’s a coin toss between Porcello and Eovaldi (who I’ll get to in a second) on who had the best game in this series. Porcello went the distance, a rare feat in today’s game. With that, he retired his final 21 hitters after the home run allowed in the third. To add insult to injury to the Yankees, Porcello did all that while tossing just 86 pitches.
Who had the better outing between Porcello and Eovaldi is really beside the point, just some food for thought. All you need to know here is Porcello displayed pure dominance on Friday night. While doing so he kept himself fresh with just 86 pitches and also kept the bullpen fresh as he went the entire game.
Take a bow, Rick Porcello.