Yankees Avoid Sweep with Rare Walk-Off Wild Pitch vs. Red Sox (Video)
The New York Yankees went in to their four-game weekend series against the Red Sox trailing their arch rivals by eight games in the standings. A sweep would have put the Yanks four games back and given them a very slim shot at catching the Sox, but nobody was really hoping for that. Instead, the Bronx Bombers were just hoping to win at least two or maybe three games, keeping them in the hunt for one of the AL Wild Card spots.
That did not happen. Nonetheless, today the Yankees are still in the hunt for one of the AL Wild Card spots, but that’s mostly because the Rays have been playing as bad as them lately. On Sunday, the Yanks narrowly avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox.
The only thing that saved them? A rare walk-off wild pitch.
After the great Mariano Rivera gave up a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth on Sunday, the Bronx Bombers got Ichiro over to third base with two outs in the bottom half of the ninth, and he trotted home after a fastball from Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman sailed high.
Take a look:
It’s not the prettiest win, but the Yankees will take anything they can get these days.