Aaron Decide practically despatched the Yankees into the postseason by himself, along with his ninth-inning shot to center briefly looking like it was going to end up in Monument Park to clinch a playoff berth.
This time, although, Decide bought beneath the ball and it got here up simply quick.
However whereas 61 waits, the Yankees did cement their spot within the postseason Thursday with Josh Donaldson’s game-winning RBI single within the backside of the tenth for a 5-4 win over the Crimson Sox.
“This can be a nice accomplishment,’’ Decide mentioned of getting again to the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. “However I feel in the event you ask anyone on this room, the job’s not achieved. We need to win the division and set ourselves up for the postseason. That is step primary.”
Earlier than that occurs, Decide may have virtually actually matched — and shot by — Roger Maris’ American League and franchise document of 61 homers.
On this evening, although, Decide walked 3 times and struck out earlier than arising with one out within the backside of the ninth in opposition to Matt Barnes, bringing the gang of 43,123 again to its toes.
“I simply missed it,’’ Decide mentioned.
He saved his difference-making for the sector.
With the sport tied within the high of the ninth, Tommy Pham led off with a ball off the wall in proper in opposition to Clay Holmes.
Decide performed the bounce properly and made an ideal throw to Isiah Kiner-Falefa to get Pham at second for the primary out and the Crimson Sox didn’t rating.
“It’s superb how properly he executes that play, like he’s not in a rush,’’ Aaron Boone mentioned. “You’ll be able to inform he’s achieved it one million occasions.”
Boston supervisor Alex Cora mentioned merely of the play: “That’s what MVPs do.”
After Holmes pitched an ideal tenth, Marwin Gonzalez pinch ran for automated runner Anthony Rizzo.
Gleyber Torres was walked deliberately earlier than Donaldson hit one by means of the left aspect of the infield to attain Gonzalez and set off a celebration that was pretty gentle by postseason-clinching requirements.
“You by no means need to take it with no consideration,’’ Boone mentioned. “We’re in The Dance, so we’ve bought an opportunity. We’re after the division crown.”
Jameson Taillon, who pitched six scoreless innings, famous how the Yankees needed to wait till the ultimate day of the season to get into the playoffs a yr in the past, and that took a walk-off victory as properly.
And this win, very similar to their season, noticed some drama, as Clarke Schmidt took over for Taillon and gave up four runs in the seventh, capped by a three-run homer from Reese McGuire.
Giancarlo Stanton led off the underside of the eighth with an infield hit and pinch-runner Tim Locastro stole second and moved to 3rd on a floor ball earlier than Harrison Bader’s sacrifice fly tied the sport at 4-4.
Decide helped maintain the sport tied within the high of the ninth along with his throw on an evening by which he bought only a handful of pitches to hit.
He’s gone two straight video games with no homer and has three extra video games to do it in The Bronx earlier than the Yankees head to Toronto.
Till then, the spectacle of Decide’s at-bats will proceed, with your entire crowd stopping to observe him even earlier than he will get to the plate.
Decide entered the sport 0-for-14 with 9 strikeouts in opposition to right-hander Michael Wacha, who walked him on 4 pitches within the first.
Every thing to find out about Aaron Decide and his chase for the house run document:
Wacha walked him once more within the third, this time on a full rely earlier than Wacha struck him out within the fifth.
Dealing with John Schreiber within the seventh with pinch-runner Oswald Peraza on second after Kyle Higashioka’s leadoff double, Decide walked once more earlier than the ninth-inning battle in opposition to Barnes.
Taillon mentioned it’s not that a lot completely different than what they’ve seen the remainder of the season.
“There’s been hype round him all yr,’’ Taillon mentioned. “We all know it’s gonna occur sooner or later.”