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Bullpen and defense fail Yankees late, Red Sox seize division title in 11-6 win

After taking the first two games of their series against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees sought to complete the sweep on Thursday and prevent the Red Sox from celebrating a division title at Yankee Stadium. As is usually the case between these two teams, Thursday’s game was a back and forth contest but the Red Sox ultimately prevailed 11-6 and will be leaving New York as the AL East champs.


Neil Walker walks-off Yankees in the 11th


In the game following his near no-hitter, Domingo German made his second start of the season. The story however was not the pitching as both teams did not have great stuff on the mound, but the late game heroics as Neil Walker capped off a suspenseful game with a walk-off single.
 
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Action picked up early in the second inning as Gary Sánchez took A’s starter Andrew Triggs deep for his tenth long ball on the season. Aaron Hicks followed up with a long shot to right-center field in his at-bat as the Yankees were able to go back-to-back for the first time in 2018 and take an early 2-0 lead.

Marcus Semien and Matt Joyce both reached base via single and a walk respectively, which set the stage for Khris Davis as he launched a three-run blast just over the right field wall to make the score 3-2. This was Davis’ second homer of the series, and 11th on the year.

German proceeded to give up two consecutive walks and a base hit into center by utility man Mark Canha that plated both runs to give Oakland a three-run lead.

In the fifth inning, the A’s put up a run courtesy of Jed Lowrie’s sacrifice fly, scoring Bruce Maxwell to extend the Athletics’ lead to 6-2.

Aaron Judge slugged his 11th homer of the year after a Brett Gardner walk to cut the A’s lead down to 6-4, while Judge tallied both his 33rd and 34th RBIs. Triggs was taken out of the game shortly thereafter following a slump-breaking base hit from Didi Gregorius and a walk issued to Gary Sanchez. A’s Southpaw Danny Coulombe inherited both runners before Neil Walker clutched out a full count, two-out bloop hit to center field that scored Didi. Ryan Dull was brought in to face Baby Bomber Miguel Andujar, who kept the inning alive with a base hit to score Sánchez, knotting the game at 6 runs apiece. All six runs scored by the Yankees were charged to Triggs.

Jonathan Holder entered the game in the sixth, concluding German’s day. He totaled five innings of work, giving up six earned runs, while walking three batters and striking out one.

Chad Green and Dellin Betances both held down the fort, combining for two innings of work while striking out four batters.

Aroldis Chapman came on in the ninth looking shaky at first after walking the bases loaded, but bounced back to strike out Chad Pinder. Jonathan Lucroy came in to pinch-hit for Maxwell, as he hit a fly ball shallow enough to give Gardner a chance to gun Matt Olson out at home plate. The initial call was safe, with the A’s taking a 7-6 lead, however the play was overturned after a review showed Sanchez just barely tagging him out at the plate for a huge 7-2 double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam.

In the 11th inning, Sánchez grounded into a fielder's choice which yielded Giancarlo Stanton out at second base. Hicks followed up with a walk which set the stage for Neil Walker with two outs, who laced a walk-off single into shallow center that scored Sánchez to give the Yankees the win by the score of 7-6 to even up the three-game series at one.

What’s next?
The rubber match of a three-game set versus Oakland starts tomorrow at 1:05. The probable starters are Luis Severino (5-1, 2.21 ERA) who is coming off an 11 strikeout game versus Boston last Monday, and Brett Anderson (0-1, 8.68 ERA) who makes his second start of the season.


Notables
WP: Cole (2-1, 9.42 ERA) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
LP: Hatcher (3-1, 6.39 ERA) 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Gary Sánchez: 2-3, HR (10), 2 RBI, 2 BB
Aaron Judge: 1-4, HR (11), 2 RBI
Aaron Hicks: 1-4, HR (3), RBI
Miguel Andujár: 2-4, RBI
Chad Green: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Article by: Gianmarco Castronovo

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