With Aaron Decide on the cusp of historical past Thursday evening towards the Crimson Sox, he needed to face a pitcher he’s had little success towards in his profession.
Decide had seen Boston starter Michael Wacha 15 occasions coming into Thursday at Yankee Stadium, going 0-for-14 with a stroll and 9 strikeouts since their first showdown in 2017.
In his quest to tie Roger Maris’ Yankees and AL mark of 61 house runs in a season, Decide was additionally attempting to lastly get a success towards Wacha.
Of their newest go-round, Wacha escaped unscathed — in a way. He walked Decide twice and struck him out of their closing assembly Thursday. The 2 walks, within the first and third innings, prompted boos from the gang at Yankee Stadium, nonetheless hoping to see Decide hit his 61st house run of the season.
Decide’s luck didn’t enhance after Wacha was lifted, strolling for a 3rd time on the evening towards reliever John Schreiber, prompting extra boos from the gang. Within the backside of the ninth with an opportunity to make historical past with a walk-off homer, Judge came up just short
The whole lot to learn about Aaron Decide and his chase for the house run file:
It was Josh Donaldson’s single within the backside of the tenth that gave the Yankees a 5-4 win and clinched a playoff berth.
For Decide, he’ll get one other shot at 61 on Friday — with opposing groups getting an excellent sense of what occurs when he doesn’t go deep.
“Yeah, I form of figured that’s what the gang response was gonna be,” Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton stated after the loss. “I’ve been to Yankee Stadium a whole lot of occasions. I don’t suppose I’ve ever seen anyone keep when the rating’s like that, however you recognize, there was all people within the ballpark.”