Game Recap: Red Sox pull off an amazing comeback

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I’m at a loss for words.  This was amazing.

This has to be one of the best comebacks I have ever witnessed in my entire life.  Last night, the Red Sox were down three runs with 2 outs in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman.  Somehow, someway, they were able to tie it in the ninth and then walk it off in the tenth to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees.  This team is incredible.


I am going to start by saying this: I was fully expecting David Price to get rocked and lose the game.  Instead, he came out and pitched a great game.  Props to him.  He struggled to start the game, but settled in after getting into some early trouble.  I will say that after the first inning, I was really worried about what was in store.  Fortunately, Price turned it around and had a really good outing.

The Red Sox lefty did get into another jam in the fifth inning after he allowed a single and a bunt to put a runner in scoring position with the top of the lineup coming up.  Price was able to work around the jam and get two ground balls from Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton to escape the inning.

The Red Sox bats weren’t able to get any run support for Price as they were getting shut down by Masahiro Tanaka.  It seemed like the Red Sox were doing a great job of making Tanaka work, but they couldn’t manage to put a few hits together and score a run.  The first run came in the fifth after Mookie Betts took Tanaka deep over the Green Monster.  This gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

Price was able to shut the Yankees down in the sixth after working around a lead-off walk.  I really thought this would be the last inning for Price.  Instead, Alex Cora opted to send him out for the seventh.  Price allowed a single and a walk to start the inning and was immediately taken out of the game.  Heath Hembree came out of the bullpen to try and escape the jam.  Hembree had been really good at getting out of situations like the one he was put in on Sunday night.

Hembree started things off by walking the first batter he faced after the batter was trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt.  You need to be able to throw strikes when a guy is giving you a free out.  Aaron Hicks came up next and hit a ground ball to Xander Bogaerts that could have easily been a double play.  Instead, the ball got away from Bogaerts and skipped into the outfield and scored two runs.  Stanton then came up and drove in another run.  The Yankees added one more to their inning total and had a 4-1 lead headed into the bottom half of the seventh.

The Red Sox had an opportunity to score in the seventh, but failed to drive the run in.  It looked like they could also get a run in the eighth, but went scoreless in that inning too. Tyler Thornburg came into the ballgame for the ninth inning and got three quick outs after a lead-off walk.

This brings us to the bottom of the ninth inning with the Red Sox trailing 4-1.  The Yankees brought in Aroldis Chapman for the save opportunity and had trouble with his command right from the start of the inning.  He started things off with a long at-bat to Brock Holt that ended in a strikeout.  He then walked Leon and Betts to bring up Andrew Benintendi with one out.  Benintendi would strikeout, but Steve Pearce followed the strikeout up with a walk to load the bases for J.D. Martinez.  Martinez hit a sharp line drive into center field that scored two runs.  With the tying run on second base, Xander Bogaerts came up and hit a ground ball to Miguel Andujar at third base.  Andujar’s throw came up short of Greg Bird at first base and Bird couldn’t handle it.  Bradley was able to score from second base to tie the game up.  The Red Sox couldn’t finish the game off in the ninth, so the game went into extras.

Matt Barnes came out for the tenth and threw a 1-2-3 inning.  Barnes really impressed me in his appearance in this one.

After two quick outs in the tenth inning, Sandy Leon hit a single to start things off.  Leon then reached second after a wild pitch.  Alex Cora decided to pinch-run Leon after the Yankees intentionally walked Mookie Betts.  Tony Renda came in to run for Leon.  Benintendi then hit a ground ball up the middle that Renda was able to score on.  Unbelievable.


The Red Sox are now up 9.5 games in the AL East.  That is the largest lead in a division in the majors.  What a weekend for this team.  They are back in action tomorrow night against the Blue Jays.

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