Friday, September 16, 2016

Sox And Hanley Walk-Off Empire With Five-Run Ninth, 7-5

(AP Photo)
On the WFAN post-game show, Yankee manager Joe Girardi put it this way, "This one hurts." 'Ya think, Joe? On Thursday night, the Red Sox stormed back for five runs in the bottom of the ninth to smite the Empire 7-5 on a walk-off three-run HR by Hanley Ramirez. The several thousand "fans" who left Fenway after two were out in the ninth will have to live this win down for a long time. Those of us who stayed saw the most exciting Fenway win since 2013—and they did it off New York's behemoth closer Dellin Betances. This victory was particularly pivotal—allowing Boston to pick up a full game on Baltimore and push The Evil Ones back to five games out (instead of just three). After David Ortiz sent a SCUD missile of a line-drive HR to dead center in the eighth (cutting the lead to 5-2), The Carmine Hose strung together three two-out-hits (Ortiz, Mookie Betts and the Hanley walk-off) to send The Pinstriped Posers to a crushing, ignominious defeat. This was a very sweet one!