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Sunday, July 16, 2017 Yankees tie it off Kimbrel, beat Sox in 16th

The Yankees needed this one, and they would have played all night to get it.

Didi Gregorius’ RBI single was the go-ahead hit for the Bombers in a thrilling 4-1, 16-inning victory over the Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park. Seven innings earlier, Matt Holliday forced extras with a game-tying homer off Craig Kimbrel—the first Fenway blown save in 31 career opportunities for the Boston closer.
“The winning is the best part,” Gregorius said. “You play a long game and you win, that means you never give up. Everybody is there, battling and playing the right way until the last out. That’s what we did today.”

Seems hard to believe that they actually won this thing, doesn’t it?

Do note that the Red Sox played the game under protest from the 11th inning on. It would be hard to believe that their protest would be upheld, but that would be the most epic way to lose a game, wouldn’t it? Actually WIN it and then go back and lose it? If any team could pull that off…

They used up so many pitchers that CC Sabathia will now pitch Game 1 of the doubleheader on Sunday, because good or bad, CC usually will give you length at least.

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I would assume the protest would only have to have been adjudicated if the Yankees had scored that inning.

I believe that is how they will rule, yes. But hey, who knows?

I didn’t see the game.  I just saw the replay.  I assume Holliday thought the ball was caught by the 1B so he was trying to get back?

No, he figured that the first baseman was going to step on the bag to get Ellsbury and then throw to second to try to get Holliday into a rundown, so that’s why he ran back to first. Obviously, Moreland didn’t actually step on first base, which caused the whole problem. The umpires ruled that he legitimately believed that Moreland stepped on the bag, in which case what he did would have been perfectly legal. It has to be intentional for it to be called interference. They said it was unintentional.

As a Yankees fan, I’d say that’s a legit call by the umps.

They’ve gotta bring up a starter from the minors for the DH, right? Maybe a RP too? Betances and Chappy are NA after pitching two days in a row?

So far this series each team won a game they had no business winning. Can’t wait to see what happens today.

Has the Judge slump begun?

Kay and Flaherty seemed convinced that it was Hollidays to responsibility to instantly vaporize once he was forced at our second otherwise he was guilty of obstruction.

BTW Holliday reminds me of a right handed Matsui. Very rarely gives away an AB.

Curry and Lorenz said something after the game that the interference would have to have been intentional which it wasn’t.

[6] I don’t think Judge is slumping - he had some very good ABs including an epic one off Kimbrel.  He also just missed a couple that may have gone out to right at home.  He just has to learn the disgraceful part of Fenway is left.

[4][9] Interesting, I would’ve thought that interference would be the same as obstruction, in that intent is irrelevant. Middlebrooks didn’t mean to obstruct Craig to lose a World Series game, yet it was called.

No, obstruction is treated much more strictly.

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