The Sox came into Saturday’s game with all the confidence in the world, rallying to beat the Yankees on Friday and having Chris Sale on the mound. Unfortunately, Sale was bit by the homer bug and CC Sabathia was getting the job done on his side of the rubber. The Sox got within one run, but had no magic this time in the 9th.
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead when Austin hit a 3 run homer off of Sale in the 2nd inning. Sox 0-3. The score stayed the same until the 5th inning when the Sox bats finally got to CC Sabathia a little bit. Sandy Leon hit an RBI sac grounder and then Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single to have the Sox within one run. Sox 2-3. Unfortunately Sale gave one of those runs right back to the Yankees in the top of the 6th when he gave up a solo home run to Frazier. Sox 2-4. Sale pitched through 7 innings and left the mound in line for the loss. His pitching line was 117 pitches, 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB and 9 Ks. This came as a bit of a surprise, as the Sox were favored to win on betting sites like onlinecasinoreview.co.nz.
The Sox once again got within a run in the bottom of the 7th when Rafael Devers hit a solo home run. Sox 3-4. With Sale out of the game, Matt Barnes came in and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. The Sox had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, but then Xander Bogaerts killed the rally when he struck out to end the inning. Heath Hembree came out for the 9th inning and got himself into some trouble. Hembree gave up a double and then the Yankees sacrificed him over to third with only one out. Robby Scott came out in relief and was able to get a ground ball and then Ellsbury was thrown out trying to get home. Joe Kelly came out for the final out and got Judge to strike out to end the inning. The Yankees went with Dellin Betances since Chapman is no longer their closer due to his consistent struggles. Betances got the job done for the Yankees as he got the three outs they need to quell any hopes of another Sox walk off.
Red Sox 3 Yankees 4 BOXSCORE
WP: Sabathia (10-5) LP: Sale (14-5) SV: Betances (9)