The Yankees couldn't hold on to the lead as the Red Sox rallied late to take the series opener, 9-6, at Fenway Park >> box score
Down 3-0 in the sixth, the Yankees closed the gap thanks to a two-run homer from Todd Frazier that cut the lead to one. That spark ignited a flame in the seventh as they struck for four more runs.
Gary Sanchez tied the ball game with a moonshot over the green monster. With bases loaded, Ronald Torreyes laced a single off the monster to take the lead 5-3. Aaron Hicks would then be hit with the bases loaded to score another run.
However, the Red Sox came back with four runs of their own in the seventh to retake the lead. They would add two more off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth to secure a 9-6 victory.
The Yankees were on their way to doing something virtually unheard of; win a game while going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranding 14 base runners. Unfortunately for the Yanks, they needed some of those runners to cross the plate as the bullpen was unable to secure a three-run lead.
There were so many problems with the way that bottom of the seventh played out. First, Chad Green sat in the dugout for 30 minutes. Second, Tommy Kahnle has struggled with inherited runners since coming to New York. Yet, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had Green start the seventh inning and Kahnle was brought in with two runners on. Kahnle allowed those runners to score and another two after that. The wiser choice would have been to simply start the seventh with Kahnle and go from there.
After the seventh inning mess, Girardi brought in Aroldis Chapman down a run in the eighth inning and he still looks lost. If Chapman's hamstring issue is still even a slight issue, he cannot be the pitcher the Yankees need. I would not be surprised if he is put on the disabled list to get strong both in body and in mind.
The Yankees will play the second game of a three-game set against the Red Sox on Saturday at 7 p.m. CC Sabathia (9-5, 4.05 ERA) will face Chris Sale (14-4, 2.51 ERA).