The New York Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth inning of Thursday night’s game against the division-leading Boston Red Sox with a 5-2 advantage.
Tommy Layne struck out Aaron Hill to lead off the inning. Blake Parker then hit Chris Young, prompting Joe Girardi to go get his real closer, Dellin Betances, from the bullpen.
After walking Dustin Pedroia and allowing RBI singles to David Ortiz and Mookie Betts, Betances grooved a 3-1 fastball to Hanley Ramirez, who deposited the ball into the center field seats for a game-winning homer.
The improbable comeback is the first time the Red Sox have overcome a three-run deficit while down to their final out against the Yankees since 1908. The heroics couldn’t have come at a better time for Boston (now leads the AL East by 2 games) and a worse time for New York (missed out on an opportunity to gain a game both in the division and wild-card race).
It ain’t over until it’s over.