Things just happen when it’s Yankees vs Red Sox in September.
Down 1-0 early, Mark Reynolds tied the game with an RBI double in the 4th. 2 out rallys are always big, but they’re even bigger against a pitcher like Jon Lester as you fight for your playoff lives.
Robinson Cano would give New York the lead on a two run double in the 5th. He now has 97 RBIs on the season.
Hiroki Kuroda has been off his game the last month, but he fought his way through 6 innings of 2 run ball and left up 3-2. Shawn Kelley returned after a few days off with a forearm issue to throw up a scoreless 7th. And in the 8th Joe Girardi showed just his bad the team needed this game, as well as how beat up his bullpen is. For the first time since 2006, Mariano Rivera came in tasked with getting a two inning save. Mo last pitched Friday when he blew his sixth save of the year. He got through the 8th, but needed 20 pitches to do so. Then in the 9th, he surrendered a game tying solo shot to the light hitting Will Middlebrooks.
So yet again the Yankees offense was tasked with picking up the overworked bullpen. Brett Gardner was retired to start the inning. Ichiro Suzuki singled, then stole second base. Vernon Wells flew out to right, but Suzuki was able to advance to third, which would prove key.
So with two outs and Alfonso Soriano at the plate, Boston reliever Brandon Workman threw a wild pitch, allowing Suzuki to score. The wild finished saved the bombers from the 4-game sweep and keeps their head above water on the wildcard chase. After a 5-1 start, New York finishes their home-stand 6-4.
Now they’ve got to contend with a 10 game road trip starting with 4 games in Baltimore. It’s a series that will mean either leapfrogging them again, or sinking farther down the standings. The O’s lost today, so the Yankees enter just a .5 game behind.
But don’t forget even if the bombers do well against the O’s, three games in Fenway await them next weekend. The Yankees goal on the road trip is to at least win both series and stay within 3 of Tampa who they face the following week in the Bronx.