Yanks Put Bosox on Brink — Sept 8, 2019: NY 10 Boston 5

It is starting to look like the Boston Red Sox are not going to make the playoffs this year. They had been hanging onto hope of a last-month push but are now 8 games out of the Wild Card with 18 games to play. The Yankees have been one of the reasons why — with a 13-5 record against them this year so far. There is one game left in this 4-game series — Monday night.

This despite that 4-game series at Fenway in late July when Boston hammered New York in the first 3 games to pull to within 7.5 at the time, and it took a great performance by Domingo German on a Sunday night to keep the Yanks from getting swept. New York swept Boston at Yankee Stadium in a 4-game series the next weekend and have gone 7-1 vs them since then.

Editors Note: After this game, the Red Sox announced they had dismissed Dave Dombrowski as their president of baseball operations.

Gleyber Gives Yanks Lead But Tanaka Starts Letting It Slip Away

In this game it was Masahiro Tanaka taking on Fenway again — after having been blown out for 12 runs in the first game of that late July series. The Yankees staked Tanaka to a 4-0 lead — featuring a 2-run homer by Gleyber Torres in the 2nd (his 35th homerun) and an RBI single off the wall by Aaron Judge in the 3rd — and then a 6-2 lead — featuring a 2-run homer by Mike Tauchman in the 4th. But Tanaka kept letting the lead slip away — allowing a 2-run bomb to Jackie Bradley Jr.in the 3rd and 2 more runs in the 4th to make it 6-4 NY.

Tauchman Out

And as soon as you turned around and talked to friends about Tauchman’s homer — Tauchman went out injured — possibly for the season — coming in to catch a ball in the 4th he appeared to pull something and was taken out of the game, replaced by Cameron Maybin. With 18 games left, and Giancarlo Stanton waiting in the wings — Tauchman may never play for the Yanks again this season. After the game it was announced Tauchman had pulled his calf.

The Yanks got 2 more runs in the top of the 5th to go up 8-4 — featuring a solo blast by Aaron Judge over the Green Monster.

Green Dominant

Oddly enough, manager Aaron Boone did not have Tanaka (at the 80 pitch count) go out for the 5th and try to get the win, despite the 8-4 lead.  Boone said Tanaka “was not quite as sharp, but was able to keep us in the game there, not only keep us in the game but leave with the lead — but with the lineup turning over again, and how hard he was having to work to get through some of those hitters, I felt like we were set up to line up like we did.”

Instead Chad Green came on to pitch 3 dominant shutout innings — striking out 5 and retiring every batter he faced — 3 straight 1-2-3 innings — to get the Yanks into the 8th.

Gleyber Puts Icing on the Cake

A Mookie Betts homer in the 8th off Adam Ottavino made it 8-5 but the Yanks added insurance runs in the 9th on an RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion and RBI double by Gleyber Torres to make it 10-5.  Jonathan Loaisiga got some run time — pitching a shutout 9th, striking out 2.


Gio Urshela was back, coming in to play 3rd base late in the game after Luke Voit was pinchrun for. Urshela got an at bat and is batting .330. DJ LeMahieu got a hit and is batting .328.

Gleyber Torres ended up 3 for 4 with the homer and 4 RBI’s. He is batting .286 with a .347 OBP.

Edwin Encarnacion went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI. Aaron Judge went 2 for 5, and Mike Tauchman went 2 for 2 with the homer, before the injury.

The Boxscore


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