The New York Yankees put their fans through the wringer this weekend. What looked like a historic win for the franchise turned into an absolutely crushing loss to their hated rival, the Boston Red Sox.
In the final game of a four-game series at Fenway Park, Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German looked absolutely incredible to start. Through seven innings, he allowed just two base runners, one on a walk in the third, and another reached safely on a passed ball after striking out in the seventh.
German was in striking distance of the second no-hitter of the year for the franchise, and the first Yankees no-hitter against the Red Sox since Dave Righetti in 1983. New York finds itself well back of Boston in the AL East race this year, but a win like that seemed like a possible turning point for the team as it looks to push for a Wild Card spot.
Instead, it all came crashing down in the eighth, which the Yankees entered with a 4-0 lead. Alex Verdugo doubled to start the inning, breaking the no-hitter, and leading the Yankees to pull German for Jonathan Loaisiga. Verdugo scored on a double by Hunter Renfroe, who was knocked in on the next at-bat, with a single by Christian Vázquez. Franchy Cordero singled on the next at bat, followed by an Enrique Hernández RBI double. That cut the Yankees lead to 4-3, before New York could even record an out in the inning.
— 🇸🇵🇴🇷🇹🇸 ②④/⑦ (@B_R_R_D) July 25, 2021
Kevin Plawecki knocked in the game-tying run against Zach Britton on the next at-bat. Xander Bogaerts plated Hernandez with a sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead, all in the eighth inning.
Giancarlo Stanton managed a single for the Yankees with two out in the top of the ninth, but New York failed to score, falling 5-4 after seven innings of no-hit ball. It has been a tough year for the fabled franchise, and this loss may just be the worst of 2021 so far, though that list grows every few weeks.
Trailing 4-0 to the Yankees and on the verge of being no-hit, Boston didn't blink 😤
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 25, 2021
The Yankees were no-hitting the Red Sox and had a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the 8th.
Boston ended up winning 5-4 😳
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 25, 2021
The Yankees lost 5-4 after leading 4-0 in the 8th inning.
It's their 3rd loss this season after holding a lead of 4+ runs in the 8th inning or later (tied for most such losses in a single season in franchise history). pic.twitter.com/aKK1OAVR53
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 25, 2021
The post-George Yankees seem to loathe shaking things up in season. Outcomes like this make it fair to wonder if it’s time to re-examine that philosophy. Just about the worst loss a team with expections can take. https://t.co/fek1ZhZMTT
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 25, 2021
Okay so the quotes weren’t a joke. Aaron Boone actually said the Yankees will deal with this adversity the same way they have all year pic.twitter.com/g1oprw1Jzt
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 25, 2021
That is a brutal loss for the Yankees. From no-hitting Boston through seven and holding a 4-0 lead to losing 5-4. They’d shown some signs of life this week, and no July loss is going to end a team, but this is one of those you lament.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 25, 2021
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 25, 2021
The series was particularly rough for the New York Yankees. Not only did they lose three of four to their biggest rival, but this was the second bad blown game.
On Thursday night, the Yankees led 3-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, when Chad Green blew the save on a Hernandez two-RBI double to tie the game. New York scored a run in the top of the 10th, but the Red Sox would win in outrageous fashion, with Rafael Devers advancing to third and then scoring on back-to-back wild pitches by Brooks Kriske. He’d wind up walking Bogaerts, who advanced to third after two more wild pitches, and scored on a Renfroe sac-fly to win the game.
This is about as bad as it gets for the Yankees, which is a tweet I feel like I've written at least nine other times this season. https://t.co/jDESgCVTtv
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) July 25, 2021
Mount Rushmore of Yankee 2021 loses continue to change
— Evan Roberts (@EvanRobertsWFAN) July 25, 2021
Of the brutal, crushing losses the Yankees have taken this season…today’s was the most recent pic.twitter.com/H4ueNIES1r
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 25, 2021
The Boston Red Sox are 61-39 on the year after today’s win, one game up on the Tampa Bay Rays, and nine up on the Yankees. Boston is 10-3 in the rivalry so far this season.