Sport Yankees' comeback against Red Sox may prove to be a turning point

19:25  12 august  2017
19:25  12 august  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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NEW YORK — It was as if October had come early to the Bronx.

The 46,509 fans in attendance Friday collectively bordered on ballistic as the New York Yankees mounted a five-run eighth-inning comeback against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

The crowd collectively held its breath — if they weren’t booing — a half-inning later, as closer Aroldis Chapman walked three in a row to start the ninth, only to be bailed out when left fielder Aaron Hicks caught Eduardo Núñez trying to tag up from second to third.

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But in the end, the home faithful went home happy, as the Yankees held on to beat the Red Sox and cut Boston’s lead in the American League East to 3 ½ games.

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And in a crowded divisional race — and a wild card race that is even tighter — matchups against divisional foes are no longer just another game. After all, ending up on the right side of a game like Friday night’s could make all the difference with just over a month and a half left to play.

“They definitely are bigger,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I think these are extremely important games. Again, we’re within our division and we’re chasing the Red Sox and we need to make up ground to win our division.”

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Added Hicks: “You need wins. When games are close you got to grind them out and get those wins. One run can be very important.”

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But the Yankees made a stirring late-game comeback , putting up five runs in the eighth to hand a gut-punch of a loss to the Red Sox , 5-4, and pull to within 3½ games of Boston for the AL East lead. Joe Girardi on if a win like Friday's can be a turning point .

Of course, Friday night at Yankee Stadium doesn’t change the fact that the Red Sox are still firmly in control of their own destiny. The defeat snapped an eight-game winning streak, but Boston is still undoubtedly the favorite to win the division.

During the course of their win streak, the Red Sox scored 50 runs, their bullpen hadn’t allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings and the pitching staff posted a 3.04 ERA.

Friday night, those trends didn’t change much.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, the latest standout performance from a Red Sox rotation that continues to excel despite the absence of left-hander David Price.

And once again, Boston did its job from the plate, hitting two homers to establish a three-run lead that looked secure as the Red Sox turned to the bullpen that leads the majors with a 3.01 ERA.

This time, though, the bullpen faltered – surrendering a two-run homer to Hicks in the eighth to Yankees comeback.

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“We need to get as many wins as we can against these guys,” Hicks said. “And tonight just showed that we’re willing to fight back. That was awesome, very important.”

In this AL East, the Yankees are going to need to fight back for the rest of the season. They play the Red Sox 10 more times this season, which could be a blessing or a curse

On one hand, it gives the Yankees the fighting chance they need to catch Boston and finish atop the division, especially with Hicks back on the field and the eventual return of Greg Bird and Starlin Castro.

Yet on the other, that looks like an uphill battle with the way the Red Sox are playing.

If the division gets out of reach, playing 10 games against the Red Sox could prove fatal in a wild card race that features six teams within two games of the Yankees. To make matters worse, two of those teams are division rivals in the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles.

For now, though, the Yankees are airing on the side of optimism, dubbing Friday night’s victory as a late turning point in their season.

“I think it can really propel you and get you going,” Girardi said. “We’ve done it a number of times, where we’ve had some big wins and they’ve got us going on a nice streak. You hope, and you look at tomorrow – it carries over to tomorrow. We know it’s another tough game but winning the first one is better than losing the first one.”

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Or to put it another way: man, the vibe sure changed fast. With their ace on the mound less than 24 hours after that feel-good comeback victory, the Yankees had to be thinking this weekend could prove to be a turning point in catching the Red Sox .

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Added Chapman: “You know, whenever you’re able to win a game like that – such an exciting game – you definitely feed off of that. We’ve just go to keep it simple, go one game at a time and see what happens.”

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