Mistakes from Yankees bullpen Josh Donaldson lead to a late loss in Boston

The Yankees came into the third game of the series after two fairly dominant performances. Although the Red Sox took an early lead, the Yankees, as they often do, bounced back. But the Michael King-Clay Holmes bridge by the end of the game exceptionally failed, and although New York scored two runs in the 10th inning, Boston still managed to recover by three runs to earn the walkoff victory. I can’t win them all I suppose.

Starting for the Red Sox, Kutter Crawford started with a strong first inning that included sweeping strikeouts from Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo. Jordan Montgomery also managed a scoreless first, though JD Martinez hit a long flyball down the middle that looked like it could have been a home run.

Crawford made Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson look bad on two swinging strikeouts to start the second inning, but many of his pitches were out of zone. Matt Carpenter and Aaron Hicks worked on walks to give the Yankees their first baserunners, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa showed up at Trevor Story to end any threat. He looked a little overzealous and anxious, as he tended to be from time to time in 2022.

Xander Bogaerts led at the end of the second with a single and then advanced with a ball from Alex Verdugo to Donaldson who took an incredibly high jump. Donaldson did well to pull one out – there was no chance of a double cue ball.

Although Story was eliminated, the bottom third of the order came through for Boston when Bobby Dalbec drove into Bogaerts and made it 1-0 for Boston.

Judge gave the Yankees their first hit with a single in the third inning, but that was all they could muster against Crawford that half. Her second hit landed in the top of the fourth from another ball lost by the Red Sox. Matt Carpenter hit a short left field that looked like it should have been easily caught, but Dalbec couldn’t see where it was and it fell. However, the inning ended there because Carpenter tried to get to second base and was kicked out.

Monty continued through the fourth, helped by a fantastic play from IKF to get to a hard ball and throw Bogaerts. The Boston shortstop was initially mistakenly called safe, but replay quickly showed he was out.

It’s no fun being dominated by players like Kutter Crawford, so it’s quite fortunate that Hicks led in fifth place with a solo home run to even the score.

Hicks sixth homer of the season ended the game one run apiece.

After IKF went on a quest, Kyle Higashioka met a tough single. However, for some reason he decided to try and steal second base with Judge at Plate and was a mile away. He was the first baserunner Kevin Plawecki has kicked out so far this season. The judge then struck a second time to end the frame.

Crawford was pulled after going five innings and he did well, throwing a career-high in pitches and finishing with six strikeouts. He was replaced by Ryan Brasier, who promptly dropped a leadoff single to Gleyber Torres. Rizzo followed up the middle with a hard-hitting ball that Duran dived on and missed, allowing Torres to score and Rizzo to finish second. It was another poor defensive game by the Red Sox of the series.

Donaldson followed up with a single to drive into Rizzo – 3-1, Yankees. Boston manager Alex Cora was drafting Brasier for Matt Strahm at this point.

Strahm was greeted by a Carpenter single, which Rob Refsnyder slammed into and seemed to catch briefly and then drop again. However, Hicks smashed in with a flourish and IKF hit Story with a simple groundout to end the rally.

Former Yankee Refsnyder quickly cut the lead to one run at the bottom of the sixth by hitting a home run over the green monster on the first pitch that Monty threw. Christian Vázquez and Martinez made raucous outfield outfields, prompting a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, and then Bogaerts and Verdugo followed with singles.

With the tie in goal position, manager Aaron Boone didn’t try to be too cute and drew Montgomery for Michael King. The All-Star nominee prompted Story to fly to Hicks to wrap up the rally. Monty finished with 5.2 innings, two earned runs and four strikeouts. With only 74 pitches, it would have been nice if he could have batted longer, but it was clearly time for him to go based on the hard contact the Sox were making.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox’s bullpen kept the Yankees at bay. John Schreiber threw the seventh for the Sox and made quick work of Higashioka, Judge and Torres. Tanner Houck followed with a clean eighth inning and looked dominant with strikeouts from Stanton and Donaldson. It was Stanton’s third strikeout of the game.

Staying in the bottom half of the seventh inning, King had no trouble with the bottom third of the Boston order, including pinch-hitter Franchy Cordero, who was fighting for Plawecki. The right-hander stayed in eighth and seemed able to push the 3-2 lead down to ninth. He beat Refsnyder, who was about to start the frame, and Vázquez hit a ball down the middle which Judge dived and caught, earning him some MVP chants at Fenway that were heard on TV.

However, Martinez followed up with a stunning double and brought on Clay Holmes for the four-out save. He went against Bogaerts, and Verdugo laced up a single between Donaldson and IKF to tie the game, giving Holmes only his second wasted save of the year.

With Houck still in the game for the ninth time, Gallo worked on a leadoff job on his first plate appearance of the game. Hicks nearly followed into a double play but just managed to hit the throw first. IKF hit a tapper back to Houck and he threw for second to narrowly get Hicks while IKF got first base. DJ LeMahieu pinched Higashioka with two outs but was knocked down.

Holmes shook off a shaky eighth place and came back in top form for ninth. He put up a quick scoreless inning, helped by nice plays from IKF and Donaldson to grab hard balls.

That meant extra innings, and the Yankees wasted no time scoring their automatic runner with Judge on plate. Despite struggling in his streak, the tall outfielder rammed a brace into the gap and easily found Jose Trevino.

Torres finished in second place, Judge in third, and Rizzo followed with a double of his own, bringing in Judge and giving the Yankees a much-publicized insurance run. Rizzo tried to steal third base for dubious reasons and got thrown out, and Stanton ended the inning with his fourth strikeout – he’s looking awful on the plate right now. Still, the score was 5-3 and the Yankees were in best position to win their 62nd game of the year.

Southpaw Wandy Peralta stepped in and tried to end the game. Refsnyder singled to take automatic runner Duran into third place. Vázquez flew to Gallo but not low enough for Duran to try to score. That produced top prospect Jeter Downs, who competed in eighth place as a pinch runner for Martinez. He snuck a single narrowly past the infield for his first career hit, cutting the lead to one run and putting the runners in first and second place.

Bogaerts then hit Donaldson with what looked like a potential double cue ball, but he bobbled it and was barely able to throw it out at first. Now there were runners in second and third place and two outs. The left Verdugo, leveling the game in game eight, came to bat and hit a single into right field. Gallo’s throw home was wide and probably unsuccessful anyway with the fast downs. Both runners scored, giving Boston a 6-5 win. The win was a decent defensive play by Donaldson away. So it works.

The series wraps up tomorrow night on ESPN where Jameson Taillon takes on Nick Pivetta. The first pitch will be at 7:08 p.m. ET.

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