They lose to Red Sox, 9-5 in 11 innings. He was one strike away from getting out of it but threw a full count splitter with no movement and Shaw sent it well over the right field fence. Ortiz is hitting. 400 (10-for-25) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI in his career against Ivan Nova.
It’s just that the feel-good vibe that has defined this Yankee season, even as the Blue Jays blew past them in the AL East, seems to be deteriorating quickly.
Last Monday, Tanaka had me confused on straight areas.
While the Yankees sputtered offensively and are struggling to clinch the playoff spot, the Red Sox have an outside chance at finishing with a winning record after being 14 games under last month. Porcello kept the Yankees off balance all night, mixing his solid four-seam with a baffling 12-6 curveball that dips to 72 miles per hour. With one out and runners on second and third, Brian McCann hit an RBI groundout and Chris Young hit an infield single to drive in another – a 4-4 tie game.
Though Girardi is unlikely to disclose anything associated with the postseason till the Yankees formally finalize, he doesn’t disguise anything in the event that…
The Red Sox continue to be a thorn in the side of the Yankees’ playoff hopes with their third victory in New York in as many nights in yet another epic game to add to the history of this rivalry.
Now in his second season with the Yankees, Tanaka is facing lingering questions about a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after not having Tommy John surgery previous year. Refsnyder also drew a walk, loading the bases for Didi Gregorius, who flew out to left field to mercifully end the inning. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. The first of two long balls for Betts went to left center field off a 97-mile fastball. And at first, that went about as well as you might expect, with Alex Rodriguez putting the Yankees ahead by taking Matt Barnes deep to left. Betances, an All-Star this season, has been lights out for virtually the entire season, sporting a 1.34 ERA entering the game with 125 Ks in just 81 innings pitched. But Betts drilled a two-out homer against Dellin Betances in the seventh. Instead, they’ve been embarrassed by getting swept from the Boston Red Sox. In the eighth inning alone, the Red Sox walked four Yankees, but they couldn’t score.
At this point, the Yankees aren’t exactly proving they have what it takes to compete against any of the powerhouses in the American League.
The Sox scored again in the third inning. Tanaka is 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA in six starts against the Red Sox.
Eickhoff (3-3) gave up two infield singles, two doubles and no walks while tying his career-best with 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive start. Holt attempted to move Shaw over to second base with a bunt, but popped it up and was retired by Bailey. The lone run scored on an RBI single from Mookie Betts in the fifth inning. Brett Gardner got on to lead off the inning, but that was as far as the rally got.
The Yankees were close enough to the bubbly to taste it, given that their magic number was down to one after their wild-card pursuers, the Angels and Twins, both lost Wednesday night.
A-Rod’s big swing: Rodriguez provided the Yankees with their first lead of the evening with his sixth-inning home run on a 95-mph fastball.
“Eovaldi has made only four relief appearances in 110 major-league games, all coming during his rookie year in 2011″.