The Yanks and Sox were both in action yesterday, with both teams coming out on top. The Sox were able to put away the Blue Jays while the Yanks were able to fight back and eventually overtake a scrappy A's team that has been doing anything but roll over for the Bronx Bombers.
How it happened for the Sox: Well the big story was that David Price was able to magically recover from the little known "Yankee Flu" and correct a 3 game personal slide en route to a solid 5.2 IP with 6ks, securing the victory. I can't stress enough how badly Price needed that win, especially with a looming video game addiction and a no show in the Bronx last start. If he had to answer to why he lost four straight in conjunction with all his other issues of late, wouldn't have been pretty and definitely would have turned into a clubhouse media nightmare.
The offense was good enough, paced by Benintendi who went 3-5 with 2 rbis and Hanley who went mashed taters to left field for a 2 run shot. Devers chipped in a 2-4 effort with an rbi and Mookie smacked 2 doubles (3 total hits) while adding 2 runs. Last year I was all in on Benintendi in fantasy and with the inevitable Hanley injury always lurking, the Sox will need Benny Biceps to be the monster he was last season in the second half.
The pitching was much better for the Sox as the bullpen was able to take care of business highlighted by Joe Kelly punching out the side in the 8th and Kimbrel sitting down the side in the 9th.
The Blue Jays didn't have much going on offense all day, minus a solo shot by bad boy Justin Smoak who launched a shot to left.
How it happened for the Yanks: In another unorthodox game, it boiled down to late inning heroics and instant replay for the Yanks to top the Athletics in a hard fought rumble in the Bronx. In the 9th Chapman walked the bases loaded only to escape unharmed, becoming the first Yankees pitcher in 26 years to walk the bases loaded and not allow a run. It wasn't without a scare however as Lucroy lofted a fly ball to Gardy, who made the throw to home, only to initially have the runner Matt Olson called safe. However upon replay and a quick tag applied by El Gary, the runner was ruled out and the game carried on into extra innings.
In the 11th it was who else but good guy Neil Walker lacing the go ahead rbi single and game winner. Erasing a four run deficit in route to the victory, the Yankees self corrected a mini 2 game slide and maintained a tie for 1st in the AL East.
Sanchez, Hicks and Judge all homered for the Bombers on the offensive side. The pitching was a little shaky as starter Domingo German wasn't able to harness the same success he had his previous few outings, surrendering 6 ERs. The bullpen however got the job done the rest of the day with Chad Green, Betances, Chapy and A.J. Cole throwing well, eventually with Cole securing the W.
Up Next: The Yanks will send Severino to the hill against the A's and Brett Anderson for a 1:05 ET tilt in the Bronx, while the Sox send out Drew Pomeranz to battle against bad boy Joe Biagini and the Blue Jays in Toronto.