Monday, August 14, 2017
he Yankees had their hands full with Chris Sale for seven innings, then were done in by a pair of prized Red Sox rookies in the final two. Rafael Devers cracked a dramatic game-tying home run in the ninth, and Andrew Benintendi delivered the go-ahead knock in the 10th, lifting Boston to a 3-2 victory on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium.
After Sale turned in his usual dominant performance, Devers tied the game with the fourth homer of his Major League career, an opposite-field shot off Aroldis Chapman that marked New York’s 20th blown save of the season. Todd Frazier had given the Yanks their first lead of the evening in the eighth, lifting a sacrifice fly off Matt Barnes.
Well, that about does it for the division, as the Yankees are now 5 and a half games out of first in the middle of August, but they are in solid shape in the Wild Card despite losing so many games recently, so they really just need to get back to winning more than, say, 4 out of 10 games.
There was a lot to like about the Yankee pitching tonight, holding the Red Sox to just 1 run through 8 innings. And then Chapman gave up just the second home run he’s ever allowed to a left-handed batter. I was less irked about that (and more just impressed by Devers’ power) than I was by Chapman dicking around with Eduardo Nunez with 1 out in the 10th and walking him. Then Tommy Kahnle came in and couldn’t throw strikes, walking Mookie Betts and falling behind on Benintendi before giving up a single to him that scored the winning run. When Kahnle started throwing strikes again, he owned the next two batters, but that’s a major problem with a lot of these bullpen guys. Their stuff is so good and yet they just nibble instead of just using their amazing stuff to just GO AT guys. If a guy hits a home run once in a while, you live with it. Walking the bases loaded you can’t live with. That’s just bad process.
Luis Cessa pitches tomorrow. He’s been really strong recently as a long man, being aggressive like he wasn’t as a starter. Let’s see if he, too, starts dicking around again once he’s given the chance to start.
The Yankees have had so many awful losses this season (20 blown saves will do that to you) that this really doesn’t even rank all that high and that’s crazy, since tonight SUCKED.
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