Through his first 4 major league starts, rookie Deivi Garcia has used a 93 MPH fastball with movement and crafty breaking pitches to “pitch to contact” and cruise through games by allowing the other team to hit the ball, usually for easy fly ball outs. Garcia has been a throw back to the way guys used to pitch years ago when starters went deep into games.
The only problem with allowing a lot of fly balls is that sometimes they go out for a home run. Or two. Worse if there are runners on base.
And so it was on this brisk last-day-of-Summer sunny day at Fenway, when 1st baseman Michael Chavis hit a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning, and a 3-run homer in the 3rd (yes same guy, Chavis) to put Boston up 6-0 off Deivi.
Deivi was gone after 3 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs. Meanwhile, the Yankees were getting no hit through 5 innings by rookie 6’5 right hander Tanner Houck.
Ya Gotta Believe
The incredible comeback started like this:
- Luis Cessa came in to pitch 2 shutout innings, stemming the bleeding.
- Someone unexpected like Tyler Wade broke up the no hitter with a double in the top of the 6th.
- DJ LeMahieu walked and Wade went to 3rd on a passed ball — putting Luke Voit up, where a home run would put the Yanks back in the game.
But Voit grounded into a double play, plating the run but that was it for the comeback.
It’s Over, Johnny
It ain’t over ’til it’s over but it was getting late early when Boston scored 3 more in the 7th off Jonathan Holder to make it 9-1 Boston — on a homer by 3rd baseman Bobby Dalbec, single, walk, groundout, sac fly, and RBI single by shortstop Jonathan Arauz.
More Entertainment on Tap — A Fan Scales the Green Monster
But there was more entertainment on tap — about the same time that the NY Giants of football were engaged in their own attempt at a miracle comeback — down 17-0 to lose the game 17-14 when a last second, 10-yard Giant’s pass into the end zone was swatted away, Yankee catcher Erik Kratz was pitching — getting through the 8th inning with 1 hit and a run allowed.
Knuckleballer ERIK KRATZ on the mound. pic.twitter.com/BIo5Mgcs9z
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 20, 2020
Then a fan appeared in the left field bleachers at Fenway Park, apparently having climbed the Green Monster from the outside.
Sooo a Red Sox fan broke into Fenway…?
Looks like he might’ve climbed up the outside of the Green Monster and is now standing in the camera well above center field shouting down to the field. pic.twitter.com/iYCPZdnlCq
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) September 20, 2020
Voit to Detroit
Luke Voit hit a solo homer in the 9th for the Yankee highlight of the game — he continues to lead the American League — now with 21. The Yanks got 3 (three) hits on the day — Wade’s double, Voit’s homer, and a single by Brett Gardner.
The Major League home run leader adds to his total. pic.twitter.com/9zt1Yz8cbF
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 20, 2020
The Boston win broke an unbelieveable 12-game losing streak to the Yanks, and broke the Yankees 10-game winning streak. The Yanks are now 31-22 with 7 games left.