NEW YORK — Aaron Decide fell a number of toes wanting a record-tying 61st homer, hitting a 404-foot drive caught simply in entrance of the middle subject wall, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Pink Sox 5-4 Thursday night time on Josh Donaldson’s Tenth-inning single to clinch their sixth straight playoff berth.
Decide had walked 3 times and struck out as soon as earlier than he got here to the plate with the rating tied 4-all within the ninth. The gang of 43,123 was on its toes for each pitch, and Decide drove a 2-2 fastball from Matt Barnes simply to the correct of straightaway heart.
“I simply received beneath it slightly bit,” Decide stated. “A fairly windy night time, so I hoped perhaps it was blowing out on the time I used to be hitting, however simply missed it.”
The ball left the bat at 113 mph, and followers waited in anticipation as Decide jogged towards first base. However they groaned in unison as Kiké Hernández made the catch a step in entrance of the fence, not removed from the 408-foot signal – leaving Decide nonetheless one house run shy of the American League report set by Yankees slugger Roger Maris in 1961.
“Tonight it is slightly cool. Perhaps it wasn’t meant for tonight. Perhaps it is one other night time,” Donaldson stated. “I believed that ball was gone.”
Decide additionally threw out a runner at second base to assist maintain off Boston within the ninth, displaying off his defensive prowess. Tommy Pham hit a one-hopper off the right-field wall in opposition to Clay Holmes (7-4). Decide performed the carom and from the warning monitor threw a strike to shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the tag. It was Decide’s sixth help of the season.
Then within the Tenth, with pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez at second as the automated runner, Kaleb Ort (0-2) deliberately walked Gleyber Torres earlier than Donaldson grounded a single simply previous diving shortstop Xander Bogaerts and into left subject.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, and Harrison Bader had a tying sacrifice fly within the eighth after Stanton’s leadoff infield single.
New York has a 7 1/2-game lead within the AL East over Toronto and is headed to the playoffs for the twenty fourth time in 28 years.
“A fantastic accomplishment. Lots of laborious work over the course of the season to get thus far,” Decide stated. “However I believe you may ask anyone on this room: The job’s not completed. We’ve got an final purpose of going on the market and profitable our division, and setting ourselves up for the postseason. And that is step No. 1, step No. 1 of many steps to come back.”
Triston Casas hit a solo homer and pinch-hitter Reese McGuire delivered a three-run drive in a four-run seventh off Clarke Schmidt as Boston overcame a 3-0 deficit.
Aroldis Chapman had one other shaky outing for the Yankees in aid, strolling two batters with one out within the eighth – the second on 4 pitchers.
Pink Sox: 2B Trevor Story (bruised left heel) went again on the 10-day injured listing and 1B/3B Bobby Dalbec was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.
Yankees: LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgical procedure) was activated from the 60-day IL and LHP Wandy Peralta (again) was placed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Monday.
New York ace Gerrit Cole (12-7, 3.41) begins in opposition to LHP Wealthy Hill (7-7, 4.70) on Friday night time.