Clay Holmes Blows Another Save. Boston 3 NY 2 in 10 Innings

Clay Holmes blew another save, allowing consecutive walks and then a single to JD Martinez with 1 out in the 9th inning, and Lou Trivino allowed the inherited runner to score in the 10th with a 1-out single by Tommy Pham to give Boston the walk-off victory.

It ruined another great start by Domingo German, who pitched 6 strong innings, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits.

The Yanks had led all game — taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st and then a 2-0 lead in the 3rd off Aaron Judge‘s 46th homer. They were peppering Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi early — 7 hits and 2 walks in the first 4 innings — but couldn’t get more than the 2 runs.

“Some of my sinker command hasn’t been what it had been earlier in the year,” said Clay Holmes afterwards. “It may be a little mechanical thing. It could be a lot of factors. Especially with sinkers. Sometimes it’s a feel pitch; it’s a matter of finding that consistent feel, and finding that consistent starting point, and just being able to trust that. I feel like I’m pretty close.”

NY falls to 71-42, still 10 games over Toronto which lost, and now 11.5 over the third place Baltimore Orioles, and 12 over Tampa. Boston pulls to within 15.5 of the Yankees.

1. German Brilliant

Good news for the Yankees — Domingo German looks better and better with each start and Yankee fans are now remembering why he went 18-4 in 2019. He intermixed his wicked 83-MPH curveball with his 92-MPH fastball with movement and 84-MPH changeup to get out after out.

“A lot of work put into getting back, becoming a better player,” said German afterwards when asked about why he was successful. “When you have an opportunity to play, you have to take advantage of it. I’m really focused on the work and trying to execute out there.”

German’s toughest inning was the 2nd — when he allowed a leadoff single but immediately got a double play; then allowed a walk and a single but got the final out.

He then pitched a 1-2-3 3rd inning — helped by a terrific catch in foul territory by Jose Trevino — before yielding a run in the 4th on a JD Martinez RBI single. German got a double play to end that inning as well.

He ended by pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th and 6th.

German lowered his ERA to 4.18 on the season in 23.2 innings pitched since returning for the first time this season 3 weeks ago. He was in line for the win but didn’t get it; he remains 1-2.

2. Judge Offense

The Yanks immediately got a run in the top of the 1st on a 1-out Aaron Judge walk and Anthony Rizzo double.

Judge put NY on top 2-0 in the 3rd with his 46th homer of the year.

3. Effross & Chapman Terrific

After 7 hits and 2 walks in the first 4 innings, Nathan Eovaldi settled down and the Yanks looked like they would need to make the 2 runs standup.

Scott Effross pitched an effortless and worry-free 1-2-3 7th inning, and Aroldis Chapman was impressive in the 8th — also a 1-2-3 inning — he was throwing Strikes.

4. Holmes Blows It

And then came the 9th and Clay Holmes, the Yanks clinging to the 2-1 lead. Holmes got the first batter on a groundout but then couldn’t throw a strike. Ball, ball, ball, ball… he walked 2 straight and then two balls to JD Martinez before a strike, then single to center on a 2-1 pitch to tie the game.

Jose Trevino blocked two balls in the inning that would have been wild pitches.

5. Wandy Magic Sends It to Extras

Boone lifted Holmes and brought in Wandy Peralta, with 1st and 3rd, 1 out — the Yanks on the ledge. Peralta struck out Eric Hosmer looking, and got a lineout to 1st to end the inning. Magic.

6. Boston Walks It Off

The Red Sox brought in Garrett Whitlock — former Yankee — to be the Yankee Destructor and he threw flames in the top of the 10th — walking Aaron Judge (who later stole 2nd) but getting Rizzo on a lineout to 1st and striking out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres with the inherited runner on 3rd.

Lou Trivino entered in the bottom of the 10th, and allowed a little dribbler to move the inherited runner to 3rd. Reese McGuire bunted but the runner from 3rd did not try to come home — McGuire reaching on a weird bunt single.

Finally Tommy Pham singled to center to end it.

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