Red Sox Get One: Boston 10 NY 2 — Sept 20, 2020

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

With the Yanks down 6-0 in the 5th, and getting no hit, Yankee fan Barry tweeted “Can’t wait to see how the Yankees win this game.”

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.

Then a fan appeared in the left field bleachers at Fenway Park, apparently having climbed the Green Monster from the outside.

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 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.

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