Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR to ignite a 5-run 8th inning rally for the Yanks, and made a key defensive play that helped save the game as the Yanks rallied late to beat Boston 5-4 Friday night. The win puts the 61-53 Yanks 3 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. A loss would have meant 5 1/2 back.
Jaime Garcia gave up a 2-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the first inning and a solo HR to Andrew Benitendi in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Yanks continued to be futile offensively.
But in the eighth, PH Gardner led off with a HBP, and Hicks snuck a HR (11) just fair down the RF line, about 3 rows deep, to cut the Boston lead to 3-0. Sanchez singled, advanced on a WP and Judge walked. Didi singled to tie the game. Todd Frazier singled to put the Yanks ahead 4-3. After Headley struck out, Ellsbury singled to load the bases. Torreyes got a SF (oh, how I kill for a simple SF) to put the Yanks up 5-3. They would need that insurance run, and how.
Aroldis Chapman came in for the save and couldn’t find the plate if you gave him a map and a GPS system. He walked the bases loaded with no one out. On a SF that made the score 5-4, Aaron Hicks threw out ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez at third while the run was scoring. So now two out, man on second and Chapman got a flyout to end the game.
Garcia 5 2/3 IP 3 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.50
Warren (W, 3-2, 1.80) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 3.06
Derek Jeter’s bid won in order to buy the Marlins. He and others will have to pony up $1.2 Billion.