Kimbrel & Co Implode In The 8th
- Author: Arturo Norris May 11, 2018,
May 11, 2018, 4:48
Judge laced a bases-loaded single that scored Walker to put NY ahead. He gave up no runs and just three hits over six innings, but the game eventually became a shootout.
Cora said they wanted Kimbrel to face Gardner even before the inning began. Gardner drilled a ball into left-center field, well over the head of center fielder Mookie Betts, who was playing shallow. On the NESN broadcast, color analyst Jerry Remy clearly saw something in Gardner, remarking with some appreciation that the Yankees' leadoff man was going to be a tough out.
It wasn't just the numbers, though.
Kimbrel fell behind Gardner 3-0 before getting it to a full count. Neil Walker scored easily from third and rookie Gleyber Torres raced from first and slid past a lunging tag by catcher Christian Vazquez. "Tonight, I was happy to see him break through".
Colon's biggest weakness this season has been allowing home runs but Detroit don't possess a lot of big hitting power and have preferred to pick up runs through aggressive base running so this shouldn't be an issue for the big Dominican.
The New York Yankees (26-10) will go for their ninth straight win and try to complete a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox (25-11) on Thursday when they host them as small home favorites. It's their first 16-1 stretch since way back in 1953.
"You would've thought it was September or October with how excited it was", Walker said.
"It's May, and it was bedlam", Boone said. It's so much fun to be a part of these games, honestly.
The Red Sox appeared poised to put some distance between themselves and the Yankees in the eighth, but Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder worked out of a second-and-third, none-out jam to keep the Yankees within range. Martinez and when they did get hits off him, they stayed in the park and didn't result in RBIs.
"There's nights when we get beat and there's nights when we can't seem to figure somebody out", Gardner said. "Just running off adrenaline there".
Kimbrel's last save of more than an inning came against the Yankees on August 13 in a 3-2, 10-inning Red Sox win in The Bronx. This rally came an inning earlier. Manager Alex Cora had to ask Craig Kimbrel for a five-out save and things turned ugly rather quickly. As you guys know, we need him. "I feel like he's been a little bit unlucky", Boone said in his postgame presser.
Ramirez crushed a two-run shot into the second deck, his first home run since April 14. But, in the bottom of the seventh, Judge singled home a run to give the Yankees the lead for good.
Moreland will cover first and bat sixth versus Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday evening. Tanaka allowed four runs. Hot streaks, injuries and slumps will all be woven through the year to forge the 2018 melodrama that is Yankees-Red Sox. "We have the two best records in baseball but at the end of the day, it's another series".
When the Boston Red Sox signed David Price to a seven-year, $217m contract, there was the perception-mainly amongst the Fenway faithful-the Red Sox would benefit from the hard-throwing lefty who had come off a strong 2015 campaign. He'll throw at Yankee Stadium, and then the team will re-evaluate his status.