The Red Sox proves that they still have a lot to fight after beating the Yankees again

The Red Sox proves that they still have a lot to fight after beating the Yankees again

BOSTON – Don’t tell the Red Sox – or their feisty and sometimes dying fans – that the year is gone. And certainly don’t tell them that the great rivalry is in a gap.

Don’t say anything like that to anyone associated with the Red Sox, which has shown they have a bit of a fight left in them, and certainly the ability to wake up on the occasion of a visit from the bad big Yankees (aka Evil Empire).

Although the Yankees are still close to a historic trajectory this season, the depleted Boston team managed to take both finale games at the weekend in exciting style, coming from behind to split this midsummer series with the best baseball team. In Sunday’s final, the Red Sox scored the last nine runs to win 11-6 as the unpopular visitors put on a Yankee-like performance.

Nobody could see this coming.

Boston is missing a potential record of 10 bad pitchers (not to mention their everyday best player) and uneven baseball play during more than half of its schedule. But something has changed midway through the series. Fenway shook, and the dwindling Red Sox raised their level.

“The boys played well,” said Alex Verdugo of the Red Sox. “For the guys to keep fighting… that excites the boys.”

The match seemed to bring out the best of Boston, whose main rivals are now Baltimore, Seattle and the rest of the group in the MLS wild card race but overcame all of their flaws and misfortune to overcome two back-to-back stages. He beats the vaunted and healthiest Yankees. As expected, Fenway believers took advantage of the occasion to chant their favorite chant, an expletive and factually incorrect, “Yankees S—”.

Cristian Vazquez celebrates after scoring an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Cristian Vazquez celebrates after scoring an RBI double in the fifth inning.
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The 2022 Red Sox has gone down, then gone up and now they’re mostly down again, threatening to get out. They’re still 14 games behind, and aren’t likely to turn into the 1978 Yankees prodigy, either, and not with all their injuries. A kid named Jeter (Red Sox rookie Jeter Downs) scored a game win late Saturday and then drove into Sunday’s winning race, certainly sparking some of the famously superstitious (remember the curse?), baseball-obsessed fans here, Whoever is definitely seeking any kind of positive omen.

Now back to the reality of the Red Sox. While the Yankees are looking to break the season’s record-breaking 116 through the equally improbable 2001 Seattle Mariners (they’re now behind the pace for the first time in weeks), the Red Sox threaten to break the record for stadium injuries.

The beleaguered Boston put the 9th and 10th shooters on the injured list (that’s not a typo!) on Saturday, and the injured list now includes highly viable rotations for Chris Seal, Nate Evaldi, Rich Hill, Michael Wacha and James Paxton. Beyond that, Raphael Devers, one of the best players in baseball and a fixed thorn for the Yankees, came out again with lower back pain, presumably as a result of trying to hold his dying team in the first two games here against a stronger, healthier. Better team yankees.

“A lot of our top-tier players are holding back. But a lot of our guys are coming back,” Verdogo said. “We are really excited to get our horses back.”

The sale is expected to return on Tuesday, and Eovaldi and Hill are ahead. Although Seven Jugs is still a great hill to climb.

Aaron Boone argues with referee Jerry Lane.
Aaron Boone argues with referee Jerry Lane after being sent off.
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Giancarlo Stanton responded after the third hit in the seventh inning.
Giancarlo Stanton responded after the third hit in the seventh inning.
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Whatever it is, hope still shines here.

“Magnificent series…but two big wins for us,” Trevor Storey said.

The Red Sox hit three runs at home from Yankees player Jameson Tellon, and the frustration moved to the visitors’ side – at least temporarily. Yankees coach Aaron Boone gave home game referee Trip Gibson guilty after a third hit on Giancarlo Stanton that ended the seventh inning.

Aaron Judge reacts after hitting him in a double play to end the match.
Aaron Judge reacts after hitting him in a double play to end the match.
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Of course, Sale’s video didn’t rival the start of Red Sox’s rehab, leading to the breakup of Triple-A Worcester Club. But then again, the Yankees still easily held the best record in baseball. Why are you so upset?

The Yankees may have left here with some bruised vanity, however, as a result of two games against a lesser team before the houses packed. The Yankees played far from their best ball. Two pop-ups went down in the winning Boston Rally, the normally slicked back Isaiah Keener Valiva made a throwing error, which spared Albert Abreu another foul, and on the second night in a row, the Yankees’ vaunted pen took a few hits.

Much of the damage to Boston came against Taillon, who has been vulnerable to the ball running at home in recent games. But the winning crowd was orchestrated by Aroldis Chapman, who had already been demoted from closer to a middle man.

If this is the highlight of the Boston year, players and fans seem to be enjoying it. Fenway Park was swaying while Sawx piled up late.

“This is our house,” Verdogo noted after Saturday’s win.

It was only one weekend, anyway.

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