5 reasons the Yankees will finish ahead of the Red Sox

Hope Soto
May 13, 2018

He had three hits and three RBI as NY won its eighth straight and its 10th comeback win of the year.

Down 6-5 entering the eighth inning, the Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take control of the game. Gardner, in an 8-for-63 skid, had already doubled twice.

"A playoff atmosphere", Aaron Judge said.

Retiring Gardner should have been the easy part. He has yet to face NY this year, but he made two starts against the team in 2017, compiling a 0-1 record with a 4.09 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Chad Green got his 2nd blown save of the year, while Jonathan Holder picked up the win to improve to 1-1 and Aroldis Chapman notched his 9th save of the season by striking out the side in the 9th. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Gardner slashed one into the gap in left-center for a two-run triple that gave the Yankees a 7-6 lead.

"Tried to go in on him, but it leaked back over the plate, and he put a pretty good swing on it", Kimbrel explained after the 9-6 loss.

BC-BBA-Red Sox-Yankees, 4th Ld-Writethru, 992 Gardy Party! That's something that will likely need to happen several times between now and the end of September, and likely again in October. We weren't trying to give him anything to hit.

"There's nights when we get beat and there's nights when we can't seem to figure somebody out", Gardner said. "He got good wood to it".

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Last night's Red Sox-Yankees game on YES averaged a 6.76 TV Household rating, 603,000 Total Viewers and 478,000 Households.

Though Kimbrel has very limited experience pitching in the eighth inning - he now has pitched in the eighth inning 30 times in his career, compared to pitching in the ninth inning 438 times - the 29-year-old said there's really no excuse for a failure to execute pitches. "I did feel with his combination of breaking ball and fastball up in the zone he was going to be able to do the job - he's been doing the job for us, just a bad night". "No matter what the situation is".

"But getting to relive some happy memories and interview childhood heroes like Ron Guidry, Graig Nettles and Goose Gossage, has just been the icing on the cake for me as a filmmaker". Aaron Judge led the Yanks, going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton each had a pair of RBIs and a double, with Gardner going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. He served up a leadoff double to Neil Walker, who advanced to third on a Miguel Andujar groundout. After Gleyber Torres walked, Alex Cora brought on Kimbrel, who came in with nine saves and a 1.23 ERA, for a possible five-out save.

It wasn't ideal for Kimbrel, but he is their best reliever.

Red Sox hitters have slashed.270/.336/.461 on their way to 5.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over the team's last five contests (3-2 SU). On this night, he just didn't come through. To ask for five outs might have been a lot, but Cora could have used Kelly in the ninth if Kimbrel ran out of steam.

This summer marks the 40 anniversary of a touchstone season in arguably the most bitter rivalry in baseball, which has found fresh blood this season.

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