Chase Headley’s home run to right field gave the Yankees a much-needed walk-off win against the Red Sox on Thursday night. It was their second win of the three-game series against Boston. Since the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners also won, the Yankees are still four games behind the Tigers and 3.5 games behind the Mariners.
“He is tough,” Headley said. He (Koji Uehara) has got a great split finger so you just try and get the ball deep and if he beats you with the fastball you live with it. I got a split and I was able to put a good swing on it. It was just another win, one more twoards where we want to go.” Headley’s first walk-off hit with the Yankees came in his very first game with the team on July 22 against the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees were losing 4-3 in the ninth inning, but Mark Teixeira hit a game-tying homer to the second deck in right field. He is supposed to be a power hitter in the middle of the lineup, but his previous homer came all the way back on August 17 and his last one before that was on August 2. Teixeira had only driven in two runs since August 17. If he can continue to hit for power the rest of the season it will greatly help the offense.
The first three runs that the Yankees scored were in the third-inning. Derek Jeter hit a double to deep center with one out in the third that scored Ichiro Suzuki and Jacoby Ellsbury. Jeter has been hitting the ball with much more power the past two games. With two outs in the inning, Carlos Beltran’s single to center scored Jeter.
Chris Capuano started the game and had by far his shortest appearance in his eight games with the Yankees. He allowed three homers, six hits and four runs in only 4.1 innings. He allowed a two homers to David Ortiz and another to Brock Holt. Holt also made an outstanding diving catch going into center field from second base in the fifth inning. Since Capuano struggled, Girardi decided to take him out of the game after 76 pitches and mix and match his expanded bullpen to try to keep the Red Sox scoreless.
Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Josh Outman, Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren combined to only allow one hit in 4.2 innings. Warren was able to get out of trouble in the ninth, with the Yankees losing by one, since he hit Allen Craig with a pitch and then made an error trying to get Xander Bogoerts out at first causing runners to be on first and second with no outs. However, he was able to get Daniel Nava to fly out to left and then get two ground outs to end the inning.
“With Craig I just led the fastball get away and hit him,” Warren said. “I expected the bunt and then kind of panicked after that instead of staying under control. I just tried to get ahead of guys once that happened and just tried to get outs, especially on the ground. It was a great win for us and we need to build on that tomorrow.”
After the winning the series against the Red Sox, the Yankees will continue their home stand with a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals currently have a one-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, so if the Yankees sweep them they could directly make up ground on them. Kansas City has won three in a row but has only gone 5-5 in their last 10 games. Kansas City has been much better in the second-half of the season, and their .263 batting average is the third best in all of baseball.
Here are the pitching matchups for the series against the Royals:
Friday 7:05 p.m. on YES
RHP Michael Pineda (3-3, 2.09 ERA)
RHP James Shields (12-7, 3.38 ERA)
Saturday 4:05 p.m. on Fox Sports 1
RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-4, 2.80 ERA with the Yankees)
LHP Danny Duffy (8-11, 2.42 ERA)
Sunday 1:05 p.m. on YES and TBS
RHP Shane Greene (4-2, 3.88 ERA)
Yordano Ventura (11-9, 3.38 ERA)