There’s always something unique about Red Sox-Yankees games. The meetings tend to feature the rarest of baseball occurrences, and that certainly was the case in Thursday night’s 5-4 Red Sox extra innings win.
The Yankees led 1-0 in the top of the fifth, when the game entered a brief rain delay. After the Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees responded with two more runs, and took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
Still, the game was far from over. New York’s bullpen has been a problem all season, and entering Thursday night’s contest the Yankees had lost three of their previous 15 games when leading in the ninth inning.
With closer Aroldis Chapman unavailable after pitching three of the previous four days, Yankee manager Aaron Boone turned to Chad Green – the fifth pitcher used by the Yankees in the game – to get the save. Despite allowing a pair of base hits, Green had the Red Sox down to their final out. However, Kiké Hernandez extended the game, delivering a two-run double that forced extra innings. It was Hernandez’s 10th straight extra base hit, the most by a red Sox leadoff hitter in the expansion era, per Elias.
Brooks Kriske's historical night!— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 23, 2021
His four wild pitches in one inning ties an MLB record set five times previously. The last time was 2008. It's the first time in MLB history a pitcher has thrown four or more wild pitches in the ninth inning or later pic.twitter.com/0VcNqzITkN
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