Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Yankees at Red Sox Preview: Will 9 Innings Be Enough?

The Yankees come to Fenway Park tonight to start a three game series. While I understand the giddyness of Red Sox fans, it is a bit too early to start warming up the duck boats. If this were an NFL season, the Red Sox have played the equivalent of one game and that one game was against the Cleveland Browns.

I am not saying the Red Sox haven't been impressive. It is very important for teams to beat the teams they are supposed to beat. Many talented Red Sox teams in the past did not do that enough and it was ultimately the reason for their demise.

Giancarlo Stanton is off to a rough start and it has been fun to watch but why do I feel like it is setting up for him to have a big three days in Fenway Park? I hope I am wrong.

The Game Simulator has the Red Sox winning this game 3-2

Tonight is also the three year anniversary of one of the great games in the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.

On April 10, 2015 The Yankees and Red Sox locked horns in a 19-inning marathon, the game ending with the Red Sox coming out on top, 6 - 5, at 2:13 AM. The game is further lengthened by a 16-minute delay caused by a power outage in the 12th inning at New Yankee Stadium. Chase Headley forces extra innings with a homer off Edward Mujica with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, then David Ortiz and Mark Teixeira exchange solo homers in the 16th, and both teams score once in the 18th as well further extending the game. Xander Bogaerts scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts, and this time Steven Wright, in his fifth inning of relief work, keeps the Yankees from rallying.

Here is a video recap of that incredible game along with the boxscore.


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