Thursday night at Fenway Park, the Yankees and Red Sox played a wonderfully dramatic game in their first meaningful September game since 2011. It’s been a while since these two teams were in contention at the same time.
The Yankees were well on their way to a win Thursday thanks to staff ace Masahiro Tanaka, who cruised through seven innings of one-run ball. He’s having a Cy Young-caliber season and showed exactly why Thursday. The Yankees handed a three-run lead over to Dellin Betances in the ninth, and usually that equals a win, but not this night.
Betances, who was working for the third straight day and was clearly fatigued, allowed a walk and two singles to trim the lead to 5-4. The BoSox also had the tying run at third.
If you’re a Red Sox fan, that’s easily the best win of the season. If you’re a Yankees fan, that’s a devastating blow for a team fighting for a postseason spot. No lead is ever safe in Fenway Park, but man, with Tanaka cruising and Betances on the mound late, the Yankees had to feel pretty good.
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