Winning five straight games for the first time in 2015 following Tuesday’s 10-4 win over the Yankees, the Red Sox continue to play the role of spoiler in this series. In the first two games the Sox have kept their rivals from clinching a postseason berth while also denying New York its 10,000th franchise victory. The Sox will send Wade Miley to the hill Wednesday night to oppose Masahiro Tanaka in the third game of the four-game set.
Miley (11-11, 4.39) is coming off a 4-2 loss last Thursday against the Rays. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Miley did not allow a run until the three-run sixth inning.
“I just didn’t execute pitches,” Miley said following the game. “I was in situations where I was in pretty good counts and just didn’t make a pitch I needed to make. Obviously [the Rays] made me pay for it.”
The 28-year-old left-hander has been durable for the Sox, going six or more innings in each of his last 10 starts. He has not gone less than five innings in a start since June 11.
Miley is seeing the Yankees for the fourth time this season, carrying an 0-2 record with a 5.60 record over 17 2/3 innings. He last saw New York just before the All-Star break on July 12, when he was tagged for six runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out two and not allowing a walk in Boston’s 8-6 loss.
He has yet to earn a decision at Yankee Stadium over two starts, with a 3.75 ERA and a .186 opponents batting average.
Tanaka (12-7, 3.38 ERA) is making his first start since Sept. 18, having his last start skipped due to a Grade 1 right hamstring strain suffered while running out of the batter’s box in a loss to the Mets. He is scheduled to start Wednesday as well as the American League wild card game if necessary.
“I’m not looking at this as a tune-up,” Tanaka said through an interpreter about Wednesday’s start. “You know, as I’ve done for each and every one of my starts, I’m going to go out there and give the best I have.”
The 26-year-old right-hander is 3-1 in his last five starts, with a 2.62 ERA and a .208 opponents batting average during that span.
Tanaka has seen some great success against Boston this season, going 3-0 with a 5.19 ERA while holding the Sox to a .234 batting average over three starts. He is 4-2 in his career against Boston with a 4.84 ERA over six starts.
Tanaka is 7-4 with a 3.50 ERA over 13 starts at Yankee Stadium this season. He is 13-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 23 career starts in the Bronx.
Red Sox vs. Tanaka (RHP)
Xander Bogaerts (16 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.250 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts
David Ortiz (16): .214/.313/.571, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Brock Holt (13): .154/.154/.231, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Jackie Bradley Jr. (10): .111/.100/.111, 1 RBI
Dustin Pedroia (10): .400/.400/.500, 1 double
Pablo Sandoval (9): .222/.222/.556, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (8): .500/.500/.833, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts.
Blake Swihart is 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a strikeout.
Rusney Castillo is 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Travis Shaw is 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Allen Craig is 0-for-1.
Yankees vs. Miley (LHP)
Chase Headley (27 plate appearances): .208 AVG/.296 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (12): .417/.417/.583, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (9): .222/.222/.222, 2 strikeouts
Alex Rodriguez (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Chris Young (8): .250/.250/.500, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Carlos Beltran (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Didi Gregarious is 1-for-4.
Dustin Ackley is 2-for-3 with a strikeout.
Brendan Ryan is 1-for-3.
Stephen Drew is 0-for-2.
Rob Refsnyder is 0-for-2.