Saturday, August 19, 2017
The rivalry has been back to its riveting best the last two weekends, and no lead ever feels safe.
The Yankees and Red Sox traded impressive comebacks in Friday night’s series opener, but Boston prevailed with a 9-6 victory that had Fenway Park rocking in the late innings—and with good reason.
With the win, the Red Sox opened up a five-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East. This, on the strength of a surge in which manager John Farrell’s team has ripped off 13 wins in the last 15 games.
As I mentioned the last time that the Yankees had a horrible loss where the Red Sox came back on them late and won, the only small silver lining about these terrible losses is that there have been so many of them that it is hard to get too upset about any one of them now. I know “there have been so many horrible losses that each individual one is that much less painful” is not much of a silver lining, but you all know it’s true. There’s no way that this loss hurt as much as it would have had this not been a common occurrence recently against the Red Sox (and other teams).
As it turned out, the whole Bryan Mitchell incident came right back to haunt the Yankees, as rather than have David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman to pitch the last three innings, the Yankees had to try other pitchers. Of course, that’s not really an excuse, as come on, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle are both good pitchers, so being “forced” to use them instead should not be saying much. Yet both Green and Kahnle (Kahnle especially) were terrible in their inning and then Girardi, certainly showing that something is not right with his view of Chapman (which is good, as he should know that something is not right with him), brought Chapman in in the 8th inning with the Yankees trailing. Chapman then pitched terribly, with Girardi even coming out to essentially yell at him for lollygagging out there (oh, sorry, “for pointing out technical issues,” like not holding runners on and not backing up home plate).
Aaron Judge, meanwhile, had one of the worst nights you can imagine at the plate, stranding the bases loaded TWICE. Gary Sanchez hit a home run, but also had his own embarrassing moments at the plate.
Oh well, I suppose they should just be happy that after this series, they only play the Sox once more (4 games in New York at the end of the month) and then they can concentrate on the rest of the league, who the Yankees seem like they’re able to actually defeat.
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