Aaron Hicks could be Yankees' difference-maker in pursuit of Red Sox

by Leon Thompson August 13, 2017, 0:36
Aaron Hicks could be Yankees' difference-maker in pursuit of Red Sox

Then the Yankees had to survive a major hiccup in the top of the ninth when closer Aroldis Chapman walked the bases loaded and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Andrew Benintendi. Hicks threw a one hop lazer beam to Todd Frazier to get a much needed out in the bottom of the 9th.

The Red Sox have won eight in a row and lead NY by 4 ½ games going into the three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox were supposed to be the team making a fool of the Yankees on Friday night.

Defensive issues behind the plate have led to less playing time as the team's primary catcher for Gary Sanchez.


The Astros continued their free-fall as Cole Hamels worked seven shutout innings to help the Rangers send Houston to its 10th loss in 13 games, 6-4.

Jameson Taillon pitched into the seventh inning and Pittsburgh scored four unearned runs in the third inning of a victory over Toronto.

Adam Warren took over with a runner on first base and two outs, and stopped the bleeding there. The former Cy Young Award victor will miss Sunday's scheduled start against the Boston Red Sox. Zach Cozart and Tucker Barnhart hit solo homers to back Homer Bailey, who left after giving up two runs over five innings. Reed faced four batters without recording an out, with Hicks' fly-ball homer inside the right-field foul pole serving as the biggest blow.

"He's a game-changer on both sides of the ball".

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And the Yankees managed just four baserunners - two doubles, two walks - against Boston lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who lasted six innings.

That wasn't the case though, as that ended up being the Yankees biggest threat against Rodriguez.

In 5.2 innings, Garcia was charged with three runs on seven hits and three walks.

Still, Garcia was twice punished severely trying to come inside with fastballs. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Friday, are 5-for-48 in their last five games and 3-for-64 in 10 games against the Yankees. Benintendi homered into the second deck in right field in the fifth.

But Hicks finally returned this week and was in the lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Red Sox.

NY would take a 4-3 lead on a single by Todd Frazier that scored Aaron Judge, before Ronald Torreyes would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Gregorius and give the Yankees a 5-3 lead.

It appears Montgomery dodged serious injury, as he's in uniform and still scheduled to pitch on Sunday. The four runs charged to Reed were the most he had allowed in an inning since Kansas City scored five (four earned) against him in the clinching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. The Yankees led 4-3. After Chase Headley struck out, Jacoby Ellsbury lined a single to right to load the bases and Torreyes delivered a fly ball deep enough to center to score Gregorius easily.

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