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Tied match. Last game of the season, ninth-inning drop, runners at second and third base and a playoff berth on the line. With that situation he found Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees this Sunday. The all-star slugger did not fail and delivered a driving hit that secured New Yorkers’ presence at the October MLB party.
Judge hit an infield that was caught by second baseman, who tried to make an out to the third runner who advanced to the plate. However, the nature of the hit and the speed of the runner in question were enough for the Yankees to leave the Tampa Bay Rays on the ground, and thus retain their place in the AL wild-card zone.
Toronto and Seattle stalked the Yankees and Boston heading into the final day of the regular round. A New York loss, combined with a win by either of the two teams mentioned at the start, would have generated at least one draw.
But both Yankees and Boston complied. As Judge left Tampa on the field, Rafael Devers hit a two-run home run that led the Red Sox to defeat the Washington Nationals.
The Boston Red Sox will host the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Tuesday, October 5. “Rivalry” will have a new chapter in the American League wild card game. It sounds like a movie, but it’s MLB in 2021. Baseball’s eternal rivals will play a game to the death to define the rival of the Tampa Bay Rays in the next round.