BOSTON — Just as it looked like the Yankees were going to sneak out of Fenway Park with a much needed victory, the Red Sox came back to stun the Bombers, 5-4, as Boston completed the sweep and increased their lead in the AL East to 9.5 games.
After the Red Sox scored three in the ninth to tie it, Andrew Benintendi walked it off for the home team.
It was a disappointing performance from Aroldis Chapman, who had not pitched in five days, as he blew his first save since June. The Yankee closer just did not have command of his fastball, as evidenced by him walking the bases loaded.
While things didn’t turn out well in the end, the Yankees finally started to show some life in the seventh. Knocking out David Price, and trailing by just a run at the time, a gritty at-bat from Shane Robinson loaded the bases and ignited a four-run New York rally.
It started with a Xander Bogaerts error on an Aaron Hicks grounder that gave New York the lead. Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres then each drove in a run of their own to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
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Though Masahiro Tanaka only went 4 2/3 innings, things were all going according to plan for Aaron Boone. David Robertson pitched the sixth, then Zach Britton and Dellin Betances then each pitched scoreless innings of their own to get to Chapman.
Unfortunately for New York, their closer just did not have it tonight.
With the team obviously deflated, Benintendi stroked a single to center, off of Jonathan Holder in the tenth, to put the finishing touches on a disastrous series for the Yankees.
In this series, however, everything possible that could go wrong for New York, went wrong. Defense, especially from Miguel Andujar, took the spotlight in tonight’s game.
Multiple times, he was not able to make a play on a grounder that he should have been able to charge. Notably, on the play that tied for Boston, he stayed back on a grounder and fired low to Greg Bird, allowing the runner to run all the way home.
While Bird could have possibly made the play, Andujar just needs to get better if the team hopes to win it all in October.
Current Yankees Record: 68-42