Yankees 3-5 Red Sox: New York allows Boston to come back in ninth, win in 10th

Boston Red Sox’s Romy Gonzalez (23) is thrown out at first base by New York Yankees pitcher Luke Weaver as Yankees’ Ben Rice, left, catches the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 5, 2024, in New York.
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John Allen
Friday July 5, 2024

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New York Yankees 3-5 Boston Red Sox

NEW YORK — The Yankees squandered a lead in the ninth inning and lost to the Red Sox 5-3 on Friday night. Masataka Yoshida’s two-run homer off Clay Holmes with two outs in the ninth tied the game, and Ceddane Rafaela hit a solo home run off Tommy Kahnle in the 10th to secure Boston’s victory. This defeat drops the Yankees to 4-14 in their last 18 games.

The Red Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit, ignited by Romy Gonzalez’s first home run of the season leading off the fifth inning, putting pressure on the Yankees’ bullpen.

Clay Holmes, who hasn’t secured a save since June 9th, gave up a pinch-hit single to Dominic Smith with two outs in the ninth. With the Yankees needing a strikeout from Holmes, Masataka Yoshida fought back from an 0-2 count and smashed Holmes’ sixth consecutive sinker into the right-field seats for his third home run, tying the game and forcing extra innings.

In the 10th, with a runner automatically placed on second, rookie Ceddane Rafaela launched a first-pitch fastball from Tommy Kahnle over the plate for his 10th home run of the season, handing the Yankees a 5-3 heartbreaker.

Yankees Fall Short Despite Strong Start from Cortes

Closer Justin Slaten sealed the victory in the ninth, striking out all three batters he faced to preserve Boston’s lead. Kenley Jansen then recorded his 17th save of the season, securing the Red Sox their 15th win in the last 20 games.

Early mistakes by the Yankees set the tone for the night. In the third inning, Anthony Volpe and DJ LeMahieu both failed to hustle on a potential double-play ball, allowing the Red Sox to extend the inning.

However, the Yankees managed to claw their way back into the game, thanks to a fielding error by Red Sox second baseman Enmanuel Valdez in the fourth inning. This error, Boston’s major league-leading 67th, led to a pair of unearned runs.

Unfortunately, the comeback effort was short-lived. Gleyber Torres, who sparked the fourth-inning rally with an infield single, had to leave the game in the same inning after aggravating his right groin injury—the same injury that sidelined him during a June 20th matchup against the Baltimore Orioles.

Despite the team’s defeat, Yankees’ starting pitcher Nestor Cortes put in a solid performance. Despite a lengthy rain delay, Cortes pitched six innings, allowing only one earned run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight batters. His strong outing at Yankee Stadium continues to contrast with his struggles on the road, where he remains winless with a high ERA.

A Night of Missed Opportunities in the Bronx

The Yankees couldn’t capitalize on key moments, falling short against the Red Sox despite a strong performance from starter Nestor Cortes and some timely groundouts. Baserunning miscues and an inconsistent offense led to a frustrating defeat.

Red Sox starter Tanner Houck kept the Yankees at bay for most of his outing, allowing just a few hits and walks. New York had a golden opportunity in the third inning with runners on first and third and one out. A ground ball could have sparked a rally, but a combination of DJ LeMahieu not initiating a rundown and Anthony Volpe failing to run hard towards home resulted in a costly double play. Manager Aaron Boone’s visible frustration after the play underscored the missed opportunity.

The Yankees managed to grind out runs in the fourth inning thanks to run-scoring groundouts by Wells and Grisham, but they couldn’t build on this momentum and fell short offensively. Nestor Cortes continued his impressive home dominance, pitching six strong innings. However, his struggles on the road persist, raising concerns about his ability to perform away from Yankee Stadium. Gleyber Torres’ night was cut short after he aggravated a right groin injury, adding another layer of frustration to the Yankees’ defeat.

Despite the on-field struggles, Yankee Stadium saw a strong turnout thanks to the George Costanza bobblehead giveaway night. The promotion, centered on the iconic character from Seinfeld, drew large crowds eager to snag a piece of Yankees lore.

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Up Next

Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Yankees this Saturday, making his fourth start since returning from injury. The right-hander currently holds a 1-1 record with a 6.23 ERA and will be aiming to bounce back with a strong performance.

Facing him will be Boston’s right-hander Josh Winckowski, who boasts a 2-1 record and a 2.80 ERA. This promises to be an exciting matchup between two talented pitchers!

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One thought on “Yankees 3-5 Red Sox: New York allows Boston to come back in ninth, win in 10th

  1. Too many times this year Holmes has not been able to get that one put-away pitch, with too many foul balls. He is not even the city pitcher the last couple of years to have this problem. Isn’t this something one of these Pitching Coaches needs to be able to address? Severino, had that big issue, so has Schmidt, so has Cole.

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