This is the six-year anniversary of Papi’s 500th home run. How has it been that long? Before the game, Pivetta returned from the COVID list, Valdez was placed on it, and righty Brad Peacock was called up from Triple-A. Lance Lynn pitches for the White Sox against Pivetta, who’s making his 100th MLB start. With one out in the bottom of the first, Moncada doubles to right-center but is stranded. This game is a pitching duel. In the bottom of the sixth, a runner is at second with one out, and he scores on a single to left by Robert and makes it 1-0 White Sox. Robert takes second on the throw home, and that is how Pivetta’s afternoon ends. An intentional walk puts two on with two out, but Ottavino gets the next man looking to end the inning.
Hernández leads off the ninth with a double to center. Boston loads the bases with one out in the ninth. Hernández scores on Verdugo’s sacrifice fly to tie it up at 1-1. A strikeout strands the other two runners, a crucial opportunity missed by the Red Sox. A strike away from extras, Garrett Whitlock serves up a walk-off homer to Leury García and takes a 2-1 loss. Toronto won and Boston lost, so they’re tied atop the wild-card standings, with the Yankees just one game back. At this point, I’d be satisfied if they made the playoffs, though I wonder what might have been if everybody and his mother weren’t out with COVID. I’m just thankful the Yankees lost to the Mets and kept the Sox in playoff contention as the Sox head out to Seattle.