NYY 5, Boston 4

August 12, 2017 – 8:03 am

So will this be the spark that finally lights a fire under the Yankees and gets them out of their two-month long slump? After going 16 straight innings without scoring, the Yankees put a 5-spot on the board in the eighth and then held on to notch what could be a very important win over the hated Red Sox. And it all pretty much centered around Aaron Hicks in just his second game back from the DL. Not only did he get the two-run homer which started the rally in the 8th, but he also was a big part of a huge double-play in the ninth which saved the game. Certainly that play was just as big a part of this win as his homer.

And speaking of that ninth inning — what the sam hill is wrong with Aroldis Chapman? Until Hicks and Frazier saved his butt with that double play, he was well on the way to turning a big win into a very ugly loss. If — and that’s still a very big “if” — the Yankees can get back to playing the way they were in the first two months of the season and they do make it to the playoffs, there’s no way they will go very far with Chapman pitching the way he is. And with the way Betances has been pitching of late, how can Girardi not start at least experimenting with Betances as the closer? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Red Sox 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   4 8 0 8 6
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 X   5 7 0 8 5
WP: A. Warren (3-2)   LP: A. Reed (1-3)   S: A. Chapman (15)
HQS: BOS – E. Rodriguez (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, BOS – A. Benintendi, H. Ramirez

LOB: NYY 8, BOS 9   RISP: NYY 3-for-11, BOS 0-for-6

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