New York Yankees 5
Boston Red Sox 7
WP: Joe Kelly (3-0, 6.00 ERA)
LP: Dellin Betances (3-6, 2.83 ERA)
Quiet Bats Through Eight Innings...
The Red Sox went down to an early 4-0 deficit. Masahiro Tanaka did load the bases up in the third inning and surrendered a run. After that though, Tanaka was dominant.
Tanaka kept the Red Sox bats dormant for much of this game, giving up just four hits through seven innings. Tanaka left with a 5-1 lead.
The lead quickly changed to 5-2 as Adam Warren gave up a home run to David Ortiz. Ortiz’ home run is now 537, passing Mickey Mantle on the all time list for 17th.
The Sox threatened some more as they were able to get runners on first and second. With two outs though, Sandy Leon ended up striking out on a six pitch at bat to end the inning.
...But They Woke Up In the Ninth
Starting the inning down 5-2, there wasn’t much hope. Joe Girardi opted to go with the matchups instead of using his closer Dellin Betances right away. Girardi brought in Tommy Layne to face Jackie Bradley Jr. John Farrell countered by pinch hitting Aaron Hill.
Hill ended up striking out swinging.
Andrew Benintendi was due up next, but was called back in favor of Chris Young. The Yankees brought in Blake Parker to face Young. Parker promptly hit Young with a breaking ball with the second pitch of the at-bat.
With a runner now at first, Girardi brought in Betances to close it out.
From the get go, it was clear Betances could not find his control. He walked Dustin Pedroia on just five pitches. Young was at third and Pedroia was at second (thanks to fielder’s indifference) when Xander Bogaerts hit a little dribbler back to the pitcher. Young was caught in a rundown as Betances went back to home plate. Gary Sanchez threw to Chase Headley, who tagged Young for the second out of the inning. Bogaerts reached safely at first on the fielder’s choice play.
Ortiz struck again as he smacked a single to centerfield on a 3-1 pitch. On the play, Pedroia crossed home plate for a 5-3 score. Marco Hernandez ended up pinch running for Ortiz.
Mookie Betts added to the scoring as he collected an RBI single to close the gap to one run.
Hanley Ramirez came to the plate with the tying run being Betts. Betances started with throwing a pass ball, allowing Betts to reach third, and Hernandez reaching second.
On a 2-1 count, Betances got Ramirez to swing through the zone, but was ruled a check swing after the home plate umpire asked the first base umpire if Ramirez went. After viewing the replay, Ramirez clearly went. Regardless, it was ruled a ball, and Ramirez had an upcoming 3-1 pitch to get ready for.
Betances threw the 3-1 pitch right down the middle, which Ramirez promptly blasted over the centerfield wall to give the Red Sox a 7-5 walk-off victory. Ramirez continued his torrid past month and a half as he hit his 25th home run of the year.
Eduardo Rodriguez Ineffective Tonight
It was clear that Eduardo Rodriguez did not have his best stuff tonight. He started off the game with allowing two runs in the first inning, causing the Red Sox to play catchup all night long.
Rodriguez retired Brett Gardner to start the inning, but Jacoby Ellsbury soon snagged a single to centerfield. With rookie sensation Gary Sanchez at the plate, Rodriguez allowed a ground rule double that soared over the head of the center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. The ground rule double plated runners at second and third with just one out.
Starlin Castro came up next and hit a single, scoring Ellsbury and advancing Sanchez to third base.
Newly acquired Billy Butler hit a sacrifice fly, plating Sanchez to make the score now 2-0.
Rodriguez coughed up two more runs in the top of the third. Castro got things started with a one out double. Butler followed that up with an RBI single to push the score to 3-0.
Rodriguez then gave up a double to Didi Gregorius as Butler trotted to third base. Chase Headley came up and hit another RBI single off of Rodriguez. After that, Rodriguez was replaced. The inning ended when Heath Hembree struck out Rob Refsnyder and then got Tyler Austin to ground out.
Bullpen Really Kept Sox In It
The first man out of the pen was Hembree. He pitched well through 1 ⅔, but did allow a run in the top of the fourth inning. That was all the Yankees would score on the night.
After Junichi Tazawa put together a three strikeout fifth inning, Robby Scott strung three innings of shutout ball to keep the Red Sox somewhat in the game. Scott is definitely one of the guys who made a huge difference in this comeback win. He only struck out one and gave up two hits, but not allowing any runs really paid off for the Red Sox.
As for the ninth inning, it sure was ugly but Joe Kelly managed to somehow not allow a run. He went to a 3-2 count before giving up a single to Sanchez. Castro came back with a first pitch single, sending Sanchez to third.
Brian McCann pinch hit for Butler next. Kelly was erratic, getting to another 3-2 count before striking out McCann for the first out of the inning. Kelly ended up walking Gregorius on five pitches to load the bases. He came back to strike out Headley after reaching yet another 3-2 count.
Mason Williams came up next and Kelly was able to get Williams hit a ball right back at Kelly. Kelly quickly reacted to catch it for the third and final out of the inning.
If Kelly wasn’t able to get out of that jam he got himself into, the ninth inning comeback that the Sox had probably wouldn’t have happened.
With the win, the Red Sox now have a two-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles, who fell to the Tampa Bay Rays tonight.
The Red Sox will look to build off the huge comeback walk-off win against the Yankees on Friday night. The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz (6-10, 5.31 ERA) up against Luis Cessa (4-1, 4.34 ERA).