Aaron Judge’s bid for history came up alone short, as his fly affray to centermost in the basal of the ninth didn’t accomplish it out.
But the Yankees still won their fourth beeline and clinched a playoff atom in affecting fashion, with Josh Donaldson carrying a game-winning RBI distinct to larboard to account pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez in a 5-4, 10-inning win over the Red Sox on Thursday.
Judge didn’t adjudicator in the win, walking three times, arresting out and hitting the affray to the admonishing track, about he fabricated his attendance acquainted in the field.
With the bold tied, Tommy Pham led off the high of the ninth with a attempt off the bank in correct adjoin Clay Holmes.
Judge played the animation able-bodied and fabricated a absolute bandy to Isiah Kiner-Falefa to get Pham at 2nd for the first out.
After Holmes pitched a absolute 10th, Gonzalez compression ran for automated agent Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres was once absolved carefully afore Donaldson hit one by the larboard facet of the infield.
The Yankees got six scoreless innings from Jameson Taillon, about Clarke Schmidt gave up the advance with his 2nd beeline clunker. He gave up four runs in a adverse sixth inning, capped by a three-run adjudicator from Reese McGuire.
After Judge hit three homers in two amateur on Sunday and Tuesday, he wasn’t able to get one out on Wednesday adjoin the Pirates and again got alone a drop of pitches in the bang area in Thursday’s alternation opener.
On a brittle night with a loud, close army which resembled one from October, the Yankees faced Michael Wacha, a Judge nemesis, with Judge 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts adjoin the right-hander.
Wacha absolved Judge on four pitches to advance off the basal of the first. Wacha again hit Rizzo with the first angle of the abutting at-bat and Torres flied out to the admonishing clue in left-center to get Judge to third.
With runners on the corners, Donaldson ashore into an inning-ending bifold play.
Judge absolved afresh in the third, this time with one out on a abounding count, about the inning concluded afresh with a bifold play.
After the basal of the fourth concluded with the Yankees hitting into their third bifold comedy of the game, they threatened in the fifth adjoin Wacha.
Oswaldo Cabrera walked, Harrison Bader accomplished on an infield distinct and Kiner-Falefa singled up the average to amount the bases with no one out.
Kyle Higashioka agape in the game’s first run with a cede fly, bringing up Judge with runners on first and second.
Judge addled out, about Rizzo absolved to amount the bases afresh for Torres — who whiffed to accumulate it a one-run game.
Donaldson led off the sixth with a distinct and Stanton followed with a two-run attempt to right-center to accord the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
It was once Stanton’s 28th of the time and 2nd in three games.
Schmidt replaced Taillon to begin the seventh and anon gave up a adjudicator to lefty-swinging Triston Casas, a distinct to Kike Hernandez and a airing to catcher Yu Chang.
Pinch-hitter Reese McGuire again airtight a adjudicator to right-center on an 0-2 angle to put the Yankees in a 4-3 hole.
Higashioka led off the basal of the inning adjoin John Schreiber with a bifold to the gap in right-center, which led to Judge actuality absolved — not intentionally.
But Rizzo ashore into yet addition bifold play. Pinch-runner Oswald Peraza got to third on the comedy and Torres walked.
Donaldson ashore out to end the threat.
Aroldis Chapman and Lou Trivino loaded the bases in the eighth, about Trivino able after giving up a run.
Stanton accomplished on an infield distinct to begin the basal of the inning and pinch-runner Tim Locastro blanket 2nd and confused to third as Oswaldo Cabrera ashore out. Bader’s cede fly angry the game.