Bradley's eye-popping catch helps Sox to 3-0 win, doubleheader split

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had other ideas.

Thirty-four innings later, the opportunity has come and gone, and the Sox are right back where they were at the beginning of the All-Star break with the same obvious strengths and the same glaring weaknesses. The Sox and Yankees split the series, leaving Boston atop the division, with the Rays three games back and NY half a game behind Tampa Bay. One night after giving up a tying homer in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 24th save. Last season Chapman had a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves in 31 games with the Yankees before being traded to the Cubs.

With one out and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez on first, rookie slugger Aaron Judge crushed a David Price fastball to the deepest part of Fenway Park.

Forty-eight hours ago, the Red Sox had a walk-off win in their pocket and a long weekend of opportunity in their sights.

Betts homered over the billboard above the Green Monster, his 17th of the year, with one out in the third inning to end Boston's scoreless streak at 24 innings.

Manager Joe Girardi feels that Judge is "just missing some pitches...he's a little off".

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Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the season.

"Highlight-reel catch against probably the most notarized power guy in the game, and timely".

Judge almost brought NY within a run with his deep fly ball to center in the eighth, but Jackie Bradley Jr. reached up and made a spectacular catch to rob Judge of a two-run homer.

The team went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the afternoon and couldn't get a win for Porcello, who allowed three runs, but only one earned, through six innings.

NOTES: New York RHP Bryan Mitchell and Boston INF/OF Brock Holt were the 26th men for Sunday's doubleheader. The Yankees (starter TBA) will face Minnesota Twins LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43 ERA) and Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) opposes Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.28 ERA) on Monday.

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