BOSTON — A stoic but resolute Aaron Boone mentioned Sunday evening that, regardless of the tailspin his New York Yankees presently discover themselves in, they won’t let their season be outlined by their four-game sweep to the rival Boston Crimson Sox.
“We is not going to. We’re too good,” Boone mentioned. “This can be a check we’re going by way of proper now, there is no query.”
It was a check that started Wednesday, when the Yankees misplaced at dwelling to the Baltimore Orioles because of an uninspiring pitching efficiency. That defeat to the lowly Orioles kicked off a shedding streak that reached its fifth recreation with Sunday’s 5-Four loss in 10 innings at Fenway Park.
The Crimson Sox pulled off a surprising comeback to finish a four-game sweep of the Yankees that turned the AL East race right into a runaway — a minimum of for now.
As he continues to rehab from the chip fracture he sustained in his proper wrist a bit over every week in the past, Yankees slugger Aaron Choose remains to be coping with ache and discomfort and has but to take any swings.
That loss wrapped up the Crimson Sox’s fourth four-game sweep of the Yankees since 1969. Boston additionally did it in September 1969, June 1990 and September 2016.
“This can be a weekend we’ll look again on and hopefully be capable to say, ‘That is one which introduced us collectively and allowed us to actually develop much more as a membership,'” Boone mentioned.
Sunday’s recreation was determined within the ninth and 10th innings. After recording 22 straight saves, Yankees nearer Aroldis Chapman blew his likelihood at a 23rd when he gave up three runs — one unearned — in a 39-pitch ninth inning.
Chapman hadn’t thrown that many pitches in an look in three years.
“I am not taking note of the quantity of pitches that I’ve,” Chapman mentioned by way of an interpreter, downplaying his excessive pitch rely as a cause for his struggles. “The focus is getting out of the inning. Executing and doing all of your job. It would not matter. You are still on the market attempting to do your job.”
When Chapman entered, the Yankees had a Four-1 lead. Given the way in which he has pitched nearly all of the season, it was inside cause to imagine one other save can be virtually computerized.
Though he struck out two of the primary 4 batters he confronted, Chapman shortly loaded the bases with a two-out stroll that set into movement a collection of occasions that turned the sport.
Following a stroll to Boston’s Steve Pearce, Crimson Sox cleanup hitter J.D. Martinez ripped a tough line drive up the center, simply out of the attain of a leaping Gleyber Torres. The Yankees’ second baseman had been properly positioned in a shift. Had he began the play about two steps farther again, he may need had sufficient on his soar to report a stunning, game-ending catch.
Two runs scored on Martinez’s single. One other later scored when the next hitter, Xander Bogaerts, tapped a floor ball to 3rd baseman Miguel Andujar. Simply as he had performed on an earlier play that resulted in an error, Andujar performed again for an extended hop. When he did, he awkwardly rushed a throw to first base with out its customary velocity behind it. First baseman Greg Chicken was unable to scoop the brief hop.
Pinch runner Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the tying run.
“Unhealthy throw there,” Andujar mentioned by way of an interpreter.
An inning later, the Crimson Sox pushed within the deciding run towards Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder. The walk-off winner got here when Andrew Benintendi shot a base hit up the center simply out of attain of one other Yankees shift. When the pinch-running Tony Renda, who had entered the sport to make his Crimson Sox debut, scored, the Sox celebrated with Benintendi close to first base. Then seconds later, the Gatorade cooler showers commenced.
For Benintendi, it was his second profession walk-off hit. He additionally drew a walk-off stroll towards Chapman final 12 months.
“Only a dangerous outing,” Chapman mentioned of his Sunday evening look.
As devastating as this sweep was to the Yankees — particularly given the gut-punching method through which they misplaced the finale — they’re attempting arduous to overlook it in time for Monday evening’s collection opener on the Chicago White Sox.
“We’re experiencing, clearly, some adversity simply with being dinged up a bit, roster-wise,” Boone mentioned.
The Yankees have been with out energy hitters Aaron Choose and Gary Sanchez in latest days. Sanchez went on the 10-day disabled record July 24 due to an aggravation of a latest groin damage. Two days later, Choose was hit on the appropriate wrist, struggling a chip fracture that’s nonetheless inflicting ache.
With out each gamers in 10 video games this season, the Yankees are averaging Four.zero runs. Within the 60 video games Sanchez and Choose have began collectively, the Yankees are averaging 5.2 runs. Clearly, they miss the 2 hitters offensively.
New York’s schedule would possibly assist because it strikes ahead for a couple of extra weeks with out each gamers. The Yankees have baseball’s best remaining August schedule. Earlier than Labor Day, additionally they may have performed three collection towards groups which might be on tempo for 100-loss seasons (White Sox twice and the pesky Orioles, whom they’ve a 6-6 report with this 12 months).
“This can be a time when it is clearly robust for us proper now, and that is when you have to look across the room and you have to lean on one another and rely on one another, and we’ll try this,” Boone mentioned. “We have to exit and simply begin enjoying properly, begin enjoying a extra constant model of baseball, and belief the outcomes will likely be there.”