Yankees Fan Films Hilarious Reaction To Late-Inning Collapse

Erica Murray
August 15, 2017

Eduardo Nunez has been a great spark since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants last month, and rookie Rafael Devers' poise at the plate reached a national stage last night when he tied last night's game in the ninth inning with a home run off of hard-throwing Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

In Toronto, J.A. Happ won his third straight start and the Blue Jays hit three home runs in a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Josh Donaldson, Justin Smoak, and Darwin Barney all going yard in the victory.

Chris Sale struck out 12 in his latest dominant performance, but Boston trailed 2-1 before the 20-year-old Devers connected on a 103 miles per hour fastball and became the second left-handed hitter to homer off Chapman in his eight-year career.

Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to score Jackie Bradley Jr. and lift the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. They are just six games above.500 and are 5 1/2 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.

It was the first home run allowed by Chapman in 2017. But none of that would have been the Red Sox ace's fault.

So yeah, the stats remain on Sale's side for now while there is plenty of time left until Major League Baseball announces the victor come November. The run actually made Sale's career earned run average against the Yankees climb to 1.18, the lowest ever against the Yankees by anyone with at least 50 innings pitched.

The teams meet again next weekend at Fenway Park.

The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Matt Barnes walked Hicks with one out, Judge poked a single to right and Sanchez walked to load the bases.

It was the 20th blown save by the Yankee bullpen.

The left-hander was lifted in the 10th and walked off the mound to boos.

Chapman has a 3.48 ERA with 15 saves and 48 strikeouts in 33.2 innings in 36 appearances this season. The only lefty hitter to homer off Chapman was Luke Scott who did so in 2011 when Chapman was still with the Cincinnati Reds.

And, remember, the likes of Torres and Frazier were considered even more valuable to the Yankees at the time, when Aaron Judge had yet to prove he could hit at the major-league level. The Yankees will need to see their stars perform well in big situations if they are to turn some close losses into close wins. Helping out the Sox in tonight's game was certainly their star pitcher Chris Sale.

On Saturday, Montgomery was signing autographs down the rightfield line during Boston's batting practice when he was hit in the head by a foul ball. He had a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Austin Romine tied it by blasting a shot to deep right that backed Mookie Betts up to the wall.

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