Red Sox Steal 9 Bases; Yank Bullpen Blows It Up. Boston 9 NY 3

The Yanks were down 4-3 when they loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the 7th — but Gleyber Torres and Jose Trevino struck out against reliever Zack Kelly, and DJ LeMahieu hit a shot to deep center that was caught.

The Yankee bullpen of Caleb Ferguson and Luke Weaver then got burnt for 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th, and Ian Hamilton couldn’t get an out in the 8th — allowing 3 straight singles and a walk, as the Yanks got creamed by Boston late, 9-3, on a Sunday night at Fenway.

The Red Sox stole 9 bases in the game, setting a team record. They were thrown out once. Jose Trevino was catching and he had only allowed 6 runners to steal on him all season coming into the game. But Boston is taking advantage of the new rule put in place last year that limits a pitcher to 2 throws to 1st.

Marcus Stroman started the game for NY, and was hounded by Boston’s base running. It didn’t help that he walked 4 batters and allowed 7 hits in 5 innings — putting the Yanks in a 4-1 hole they almost climbed out of.

“It’s on all of us,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards “It’s a group effort — it takes everything to control running games. They’re a fast team and their running game beat us tonite. We got to do a better job of controlling those things; slowing them down. It’s something I think we do very well as a group; it’s something we take a lot of pride in here and do a good job, but every now and then something shows up and we have to do a better job of that.”

NY falls to 50-24, and is only 1.5 over Baltimore, which won again. Boston improves to 37-35 and is 12 out, after taking 2 of 3 in the 3-game series.

1. Judge HR Gets Yanks Off to Good Start

Aaron Judge hit a MOON SHOT off Kutter Crawford in the top of the 1st for a 1-0 Yankee lead. It was Judge’s MLB-leading 26th homer of the year.

2. Stroman Walked 4; Boston Stole Bases

Marcus Stroman walked 4 batters and allowed 7 hits, and Boston ran and ran on him.

  • Lefty leftfielder Jarren Duran led off the game with a single, and with 1 out stole 2nd base, but was left there.
  • With 2 outs in the bottom of the 2nd, 2nd baseman Emmanuel Valdez walked, and 1st baseman Dominic Smith singled him to 3rd, then stole 2nd base. Centerfielder Ceddanne Rafaela singled them both home.
  • In the 3rd, shortstop David Hamilton led off with a walk and promptly stole 2nd base, went to 3rd on a single by Rob Refsnyder, and scored on a double play. Boston 3 NY 1.
  • In the 4th, Valdez hit a 1-out single, and Rafaela got a 2-out single but Stroman got the final out.
  • In the 5th, Hamilton led off with a single, and promptly stole 2nd base, and then stole 3rd base. Refsnyder walked, and Rafael Devers hit a sac fly for a 4-1 Boston lead.

“A lot of deep counts, but just speed on that team — they do a good job of getting on and wreaking havoc on the bases,” said Stroman afterwards. “Too many walks and putting too many on base and allowing them to run. It’s tough for sure; watching the clock, trying to figure everything out in the moment especially when a team has speed. Figure it out going into next start.”

3. Trevino HR & Volpe Speed Pull Yanks to Within 4-3

The Yanks pulled to within 4-2 when Jose Trevino led off the top of the 6th with a homer to left.

Anthony Volpe showed some of his speed — singling with 1 out in the 6th, going from 1st to 3rd on a Juan Soto groundout, and scoring on a wild pitch by Kutter Crawford to make it a 4-3 game.

4. Yanks Came ‘This’ Close; Rizzo Injured

Tommy Kahnle pitched a shutout 6th, helped by a terrific play in the field by Anthony Volpe for the final out of the inning.

And then the Yanks loaded the bases in the top of the 7th with singles by Alex Verdugo and Giancarlo Stanton, and Anthony Rizzo getting on via a throwing error by 1st baseman Smith — causing a collision at 1st. Rizzo went out of the game with a sprained hand.

But Kelly struck out Gleyber and Trevino, and got LeMahieu on the deep drive to center and everything went downhill.

5.  Bullpen Ripped

Caleb Ferguson walked Duran to lead off the bottom of the 7th, and allowed a 1-out single to Refsnyder. Luke Weaver came in and for this first time this year didn’t get the job done — allowing a single to Devers for a 5-3 game, and a triple to right by Connor Wong that cleared the bases. Boston 7 NY 3.

Ian Hamilton came in for the bottom of the 8th and allowed 3 straight singles — to Rafaela, Duran, and Hamilton — for an 8-3 game. Hamilton promptly stole 2nd base — his 4th stolen base of the night and 9th for Boston.

Connor Wong singled in another run for the 9-3 final score.

Greg Weissert pitched a shutout 9th for the old ballgame.

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