New York Yankees Walk Off Into Big Weekend at Fenway
How big can an inter-league mid-July game be? When you are the Yankees and the season has gone as it has, in addition, you are marching into a four game series with the first place Red Sox this weekend, it can be pretty big. That's what last night was for the New York Yankees. The story lines were plenty and they all miraculously ended the way Bronx Bombers manager Aaron Boone scripted with a 6-5, walk-off victory over the Philadelphia Phillies for the team's 4th straight win.
As Boone wrote it up, Yankee legends Asher Wojciechowski and Ryan LaMarre were the heroes of the evening. Well, maybe "legends" should be replaced by "journeymen." The 32 year old Wojciechowski gave the Yankee skipper all that he could of asked for; going 4 solid innings, giving up just 2 runs.
The positive story lines were plenty for New York, not so much for Boone's predecessor sitting in the opposing dugout. Joe Girardi's Phillies needed a win a much as his old team did. Philadelphia is chasing the New York Mets in the National League East and New York had already won earlier in the day.
On a night where Giancarlo Stanton, Rougned Odor and Gleyber Torres would drive in key runs, it was another little known journeyman that would put the Yankees over the top. In the bottom of the 10th with the score tied 5-5 and Gary Sanchez on second, another 32 year old, Ryan LeMarre, who has accumulated a mere 235 at bats in his well traveled Major League career, laced a single to score Sanchez and win the game.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless 9th inning, a great sign for the Bombers as they head to Boston. The Yankees will play a four game series against the Red Sox starting tonight at 7:05pm. You can hear the entire Yankee coverage beginning with the Yankee Pre Game show presented by the Hideaway located on Saratoga Lake Golf Club starting at 6:15pm on The Drive with Charlie & Dan. Then John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will take over at 6:25pm.