Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi Blasts Solo Home Run Off Masahiro Tanaka
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 10, 2018,
May 10, 2018, 11:12
The Boston Red Sox will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the series, including a 9-6 loss in game two on Wednesday.
Excluding the telecast of Derek Jeter's home finale on September 25, 2014 (which did a 10.84 average TV Household rating), last night's game was YES' highest-rated, most-viewed and most-watched game since October 2, 2012, when the network's Red Sox-Yankees game did a 6.87 rating.
Although his doubles in the first and third innings led to a couple of early runs, it was his triple in the eighth that keyed yet another Yankees comeback by bringing home the tying and go-ahead runs.
"The longer you're around and the older you get, the more you realize that you can't get too excited about maybe one or two good games and you can't get too down about one or two bad weeks", Gardner said. "That last one [the triple], obviously, he really stepped on that one the other way".
The Yankees responded with a three-run third, taking a 3-2 lead on Stanton's booming double at 112.6 miles per hour to right field and adding a run on a sacrifice fly by Hicks. A ninth-inning double by Walker on Sunday helped set up Torres' walk-off homer in that comeback. This rally came an inning earlier. It was a rare flurry of extra-base hits for the struggling leadoff batter.
"They're playing good ball", Boston right fielder J.D. Martinez said.
The Red Sox pitcher was diagnosed with an unusual injury - carpal tunnel syndrome - on Wednesday.
First, it was Brett Gardner's triple that did it again for the #Yankees.
"He's just a broad-shouldered, tough player", Boone said.
"It's May, and it was bedlam", Boone said. The results just haven't been there in the games. "You just have to keep working".
On April 19, Gardner was hitting.262 with a.385 on-base percentage and a.730 OPS.
The Yankees extended their home winning streak 11 games, and they have now won 17 of their past 18 games overall.
In the eighth, when Gardner was racing around second and headed for third with no plan to stop, Torres picked up the pace of his own sprint around third, realizing there was no going back. Furthermore, he now has six home runs at Yankee Stadium in his career. The energy within Yankee Stadium was reminiscent of the sights and sounds from postseason classics of the past. These Pinstripe fellas also now have five comeback wins while trailing in the eighth inning this season, tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the Major League Baseball lead.
"You can feel the electricity in that building in that inning, and for guys to completely go up there and control the moment", Boone said.
"I think our internal numbers - exit velocity and walk rate and things like that - are all encouraging signs for him, " Boone said.