The Yankees and Red Sox are meeting for the final time this season, so of course they had to deliver an extra-long, extra inning game right off the bat. The Bombers managed to prevail despite falling into a 4-0 hole early and blowing an extra inning lead in the 11th before getting and holding onto a 6-5 lead in the 12th. Let’s get right into the highlights.
Winners of the Game
The Yankees had several players step up tonight. DJ LeMahieu delivered the game-winning hit, a run-scoring double down the line in right to knock in Gio Urshela. Luke Voit got the first run in extras by knocking a single down the line in left an inning prior to that, and Giancarlo Stanton got the team a run closer with an RBI double in the eighth.
The biggest bat of the night belonged to Gary Sánchez, however. Sánchez got the comeback started in the seventh, stepping up to the plate with the bases loaded. Sánchez ripped a ball into right field, one-hopping into the stands for a ground-rule double that probably saved the Red Sox another run. Sánchez made them pay for it later in the ninth, crushing a game-tying solo shot over the Monster. He had a key misplay in the 11th that allowed a runner to move up and eventually score, but the Yankees don’t come close to winning this game without Sánchez’s heroics.
Loser of the Game
It was an up-and-down performance for Jordan Montgomery tonight. He started the night off strong, striking out the side in the first inning and getting a nice double-play to end the second, but trouble brewed in the fourth. Cristian Arroyo crushed a three-run home run off of Montgomery that put the Sox ahead, and an inning later Christian Vasquez chased him out of the game with an RBI double. The Yankees need a consistent Montgomery to arrive in time for the playoffs, and he isn’t there quite yet.