Gary Sanchez & Bullpen Beat Bosox: NY 6 Boston 5 in 12

Gary Sanchez is back baby. Boy is he back, in a Big Big way. Sanchez RIPPED a home run over the Green Monster in left with 2 outs in the 9th to miraculously TIE the game and send it to extras where the Yanks won. In the 7th Sanchez RIPPED an opposite field, 2-RBI double one hop over the right field wall to give the Yanks their first 2 runs and halve the Boston lead at 4-2, putting NY back in the game.

Or to put it another way:

Yanks Win in Nail-Biter Extras

DJ LeMahieu got the game-winning RBI double with 2 outs in the 12th, and Jonathan Loasiga held the lead for the win. Coronavirus creates nail-biter extra innings as each team starts off with a runner (the guy who made the last out of the inning before) on 2nd base.

The 10th — PHEW

So in the 10th, after the Yankees did not score (Judge struck out with runner on 3rd and 1 out), Aroldis Chapman got an initial fly out to not advance the runner from 2nd, but then Boston had their guy on 2nd (J.D. Martinez) steal 3rd where he stood as the game winner with 1 out. But Chapman struck out Jackie Bradley Jr and 1st baseman Michael Chavis to end the inning. PHEW.

The 11th — Back and Forth

Luke Voit singled in a go-ahead run in the 11th, but Boston scored a run off Jonathan Loaisiga to tie it in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by 2nd baseman Christian Arroyo.

The 12th — LeMahieu Clutch

In the top of the 12th, Gio Urshela reached on an infield single, moving the runner (Aaron Hicks) to 3rd with nobody out, but then Sanchez and Clint Frazier struck out. With 2 outs, DJ LeMahieu’s clutch double put the Yanks ahead.

In the bottom of the 12th, Boston got their runner to 3rd on a groundout by DH Kevin Plawecki, but Jonathan Loaisiga got Jackie Bradley fly out to center — not deep enough to score the run — then got a final groundout for the game.

Death Star Lineup vs Perez

For the first time this season the Yanks put their “Death Star” lineup out — including DJ, and Voit, and Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres, and had Clint Frazer batting NINTH!. They sent the Death Start lineup against Martin Perez, who entered with a mediocre 3-4 4.33 record. This after the Yanks had clubbed 5 homers in a single inning the night before.

The over under on homers for the Yanks was 3. We bet over. We were wrong. Martin Perez “located his fastball”, and pitched 6 shutout innings of 3-hit baseball, striking out 7. “That’s baseball, Suzyn.”

Once Perez left after 6, the Yanks got to the Boston Bullpen. After Gary Sanchez’s 2-RBI double in the 7th, Giancarlo Stanton doubled in Aaron Judge in the 8th to make it 4-3 Boston. It was like old times — that have never actually happened and we’ve been waiting for, for two years.

Montgomery Was So-So

On the Yankee hill, Jordan Montgomery started and pitched 3 shutout innings but with 2 out in the 4th allowed a 3-run homer to Christian Arroyo. Arroyo, batting 9th, went 3-4 on the night, and got the game-tying single in the 10th for Boston to send the game to the 11th.

Montgomery’s pitch count climbed and he was pulled with 2 out in the 5th after allowing an RBI double to Vazquez; he was at 93 pitches.

Yankee Bullpen in Playoff Form

The Yankee bullpen pitched scoreless ball sans the Arroyo RBI in the 10th of Loaisiga. Luis Cessa, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Aroldis Chapman were all in playoff form — shutout ball all.

The Boxscore

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