Regardless, after Moreland banged a pinch single up the middle to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs, and the Red Sox tacked on two runs in the eighth against embattled Aroldis Chapman, and Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel combined to record the final eight outs (six by strikeout), well, you could nearly hear the air come out the Yankees' balloon.
Time will tell if the division lead holds up for Boston, but when the Yankees are nine outs from a victory and unable to protect a 6-3 lead, its a telling sign, especially since the collapse came only five nights after they blew a lead at home to the same squad.
Kahnle, who proved to be the costliest for the Yankees to acquire in their seven-player deal with the Chicago White Sox, could not stem the Red Sox rally. Blue High School graduate from Wilton, Tucker Barber, was one of more than twenty recipients of the Maine Red Sox Service Scholarships presented to Maine public school students this year.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single in the eighth off Aroldis Chapman to make it 9-6.
They can step on the Yankees' throats.
He wasn't able to duplicate that Friday night, allowing three runs and four hits, including homers by Rafael Devers and Vazquez, in five innings. Sale has bounced back from his worst start of the season versus Cleveland on August 1, giving up a total of one earned run on six hits with 25 strikeouts and three walks over 15 innings.
"He has to build up to an aggressive long-toss situation and build back to the mound".
Lost in the bullpen's meltdown was the Yankees' continued poor hitting with runners in scoring position.
After the game, Girardi did not exactly back Chapman to remain in the closer's role.
Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree and Robby Scott were all ineffective, combining for six runs in two innings of work. His single up the middle scored two. Of the Kelly at-bat, he said: "He's getting up there 100, 101 (mph)". NY struggled to get the final eight outs of the game, going through three pitchers in the process. He was humming along with a 2-0 lead with one out in the fourth when his second pitch to Chase Headley sailed to the backstop. After talking with manager John Farrell and the training staff, Brandon Workman was called in from the bullpen to relieve him. Pomeranz was later revealed to have had back spasms.