Yankees squander late-inning chances in 5-4 loss to Red Sox


Yankees squander late-inning chances in 5-4 loss to Red Sox

There is always going to be an annoying stretch for the Yankees at some point. Well, there’s a lot going on now.

Up until their last three outs, the Yankees were recovering after going into the ninth inning with one run. Not only did they draw the game, but they also had a unique opportunity to win it on the spot. On the 10th they had another great chance at the walk-off. But again they couldn’t make it. Eventually, she followed that up again as the Red Sox came away with a 5-4 win in 11 innings in a performance that won’t be seen on the Yankees’ highlight roll.

The game started in the least ideal way for the Yankees. After starter Jordan Montgomery led Rob Refsnyder, Rafael Devers continued his Yankees ordeal, homering Boston ahead before an out was recorded. Montgomery managed to prevent things from getting worse, which it could have done if the next two Boston hitters reached after the homer. It took 30 pitches in the inning, but he eventually managed to break out of the backlog.

The Yankees touched down runners in the first two innings but were unable to capitalize. It looked like that could happen again in the third, but the center of the Order had other ideas. With DJ LeMahieu following a single, Anthony Rizzo fought back to make a two-out walk after falling 2-0 on the count. With his life still in the inning, Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate and smashed a three-run home run to give the Yankees the lead.

However, that lead didn’t last very long. After the home run and subsequent jam in the first, Montgomery rebounded and at one point retired seven hitters in a row. That was broken, however, when Christian Vázquez equalized with a solo shot in the third.

After the poor first inning, Montgomery did a solid job rebounding and gobbling up a few frames. He ended up getting through six innings after allowing three runs at six hits and one walk.

Aroldis Chapman came to replace him but his struggles would continue. Against the first batter he faced, Chapman allowed Bobby Dalbec a solo shot and put the Red Sox back in the lead. After that, he pulled back the next three thugs, but the damage was done.

After that, Wandy Peralta threw scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, keeping the Yankees in the game.

While this gave the Yankees a chance, it seemed like their offense couldn’t take it. The last few innings seemed to have gone by without anyone doing anything at the plate. In the eighth round, the only notable thing that really happened was another very bad low strike call to Judge, who called him and took the bat out of his hands. That would set the stage for the next inning.

After her last three outs, Gleyber Torres led away from the ninth. He landed one through three that Devers couldn’t make a play and put the tie run on base. On the next at-bat, Matt Chapman hit a very low bat, which had become a regular occurrence late in the gamethis special manager triggered Aaron Boone, which led to a sacking and argument.

After all the dust had settled from it, Chapman finally made it to base after being hit by a pitch. Next came Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who put down a bunt. It wasn’t the best performance, and Houck fielded it and had a manageable play in third to get the leading runner. However, he sent the throw past Devers and allowed Torres to get by to score and tie the game. Boston then chose to walk Aaron Hicks on purpose and gave the Yankees the bases unladen with anyone. After that, the most annoying sequence played out. Jose Trevino ended up in a doubles game with one of the outs coming home. DJ LeMahieu then came just 90 feet away on the winning run, but he landed and ended the chance.

For the third straight day, the Yankees went into extra innings and opted to give the ball to Clay Holmes on the 10th. After hitting two quick outs, they understandably chose to walk Devers on purpose. The man after him is pretty good too though, and JD Martinez single. A great play from Stanton forced the Red Sox to hold the runner in third place, which would be especially big since Holmes then defeated Xander Bogaerts to end the game.

With another chance at the win, the Yankees again managed to avoid it in a frustrating way. After a judge groundout, Boston intentionally led Anthony Rizzo to a double play. That almost happened when Stanton hit a hard grounder, but Tanner Houck deflected him, didn’t give the Red Sox a game and loaded the bases. With a chance to win it, Torres landed in another brutal doubles match.

Michael King came in for 11th and got a flyball in the first at bat, but it was deep enough for Bogaerts to tag and move into third, which would be pretty big. King then induced a groundball that kept the runner in third, then went 2-0 in the next at-bat. The third pitch would be in the dirt and just far enough from Trevino for Bogaerts to charge home. Trevino didn’t get the ball in time to make the play, giving Boston the lead. At the end of the 11th, the Yankees went down one by one, dooming them to another frustrating loss.

Table-wise, the Yankees are still doing better than good. As far as mood goes, they need to change something really fast. They have a chance tomorrow night when Jameson Taillon meets Nick Pivetta with the first pitch at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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