“He went a lot of days without throwing a bullpen because we were trying to give his legs as much time as possible so I’m not too concerned about that”. He finished 2 for 4 after batting.
Boston trailed 1-0 until Xander Bogaerts doubled with two out in the sixth and Shaw followed by lining his 12th homer of the year into the right field seats. Nonetheless, the Yankees deficit cut down to 3-1. Miley was able to escape the inning only allowing the one run. The Red Sox have won nine straight when scoring more than three runs. “He’ll throw a bullpen and it will all just kind of fall into line”. They still don’t have an opponent for the wildcard game, but it may be the Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros or Minnesota Twins. Overall, he allowed five runs on 14 hits, struck out 36 batters and walked only five for a 1.55 ERA. But in the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees rallied to score three runs thanks to consecutive RBI at-bats from Beltran, McCann and Chris Young.
The eighth was when the Yankees may have scored the go-ahead run.
When he spoke earlier this week about Wednesday night’s game, Masahiro Tanaka could have been talking on behalf of the whole Yankees team. Greg Bird then drew a walk, bringing Rob Refsnyder to the plate. Ellsbury tried to make a highlight-reel catch, jumping into the center field wall, but had the ball bounce off his glove. Matt Barnes took the mound in the 6th inning and unfortunately he was unable to keep the Yankees off the scoreboard.
Shreve also yielded a run-scoring sacrifice to Jackie Bradley Jr. We’ve seen Tanaka come up big in important games, so that is not a question in my mind. The homer was Betts’ 17th on the season, and just the sixth allowed by Betances.
There’s no trophy for third, obviously, and the Sox aren’t rising any higher, but in a year where the only things left to this team are silver linings and consolation prizes, this was a night filled with plenty of them. In the seventh, relievers Heath Hembree and Tommy Layne gave up two walks and two steals, before Layne retired Gregorius with runners at second and third to end the inning.
Brett Gardner is 1-for-2 with a strikeout.
After Yankees closer Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth innings, he was replaced by another former Sox pitcher, Andrew Bailey. After a terrible pop-out bunt from Brock Holt, Blake Swihart singled to move Shaw to third.
The Yanks can again punch their ticket to the Wild Card game with a win tonight in their final meeting of the season with the Red Sox. Rodriguez is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three career starts against the, with his only loss against them coming at Yankee Stadium.
The Japanese star entered with a deceptive 3-0 record against Boston.
With a few help from the one of the old guard, the next generation of Yankees will have a chance to make their mark in the playoffs. Losses to the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday night have prevented the Yankees from clinching a post season berth.
The Boston Red Sox look to build on their six-game winning streak. New York led the AL East by seven games before play on July 29 but has been a. 500 club since then.