Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Aroldis Chapman
- The Red Sox (-102 odds) led the Yankees 1-0 after six innings — much to the delight of those who bet the Under 9.
- The Yankees (-110) would respond in the top of the seventh with four runs to take a three-run lead.
- Aroldis Chapman then came in for the save with a 4-1 lead, which is when things got crazy for bettors.
The Red Sox (-102) took the field Sunday night at Fenway Park looking for a rare four-game sweep of the Yankees (-110). It looked good early for Boston with David Price shutting down the Yankees through six innings. However, the Red Sox only led 1-0 after six innings — as Masahiro Tanaka also pitched very well for the Bombers.
Despite a high pitch count, manager Alex Cora decided to send David Price back out for the top of the seventh. That move backfired. After a leadoff single by Brett Gardner, Price walked Austin Romine to put two on with nobody out. That ended the night for the Boston lefty, who was replaced by reliever Heath Hembree.
Hembree eventually faced a based loaded jam with Aaron Hicks at the plate. Hicks hit a tailor-made double-play ball to Xander Bogaerts, who booted it, allowing two runs to score. Giancarlo Stanton followed Hicks with an RBI-single to give New York a 3-1 lead. The Yankees would only add one more run, but they (and their backers) had to feel confident with their three best relievers lined up to close out a three-run lead.
Zach Britton and Dellin Betances did their parts, getting through clean seventh and eighth innings, respectively. The Yankees couldn’t add any insurance, which meant Aroldis Chapman entered the bottom of the ninth inning to secure his 23rd consecutive save.
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Chapman started out the inning by striking out Brock Holt, but then walked Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts. That brought the game-tying run to the plate in the form of Yankee-killer Andrew Benintendi.
Under 9 and Yankees moneyline bettors were now officially nervous.
Chapman recovered to strike out Benintendi. The exhales didn’t last long, as Chapman inexplicably walked Steve Pearce to load the bases.
Boston now had the game-winning run at the plate after loading the bases without a single hit. And that brought MVP candidate J.D. Martinez up, who took the first pitch into center field to plate two runs and cut the lead to 4-3.
Regardless of the damage, the under and Yankees both still had green dots next to them with two outs on the board.
Chapman then got Bogaerts to ground to third, but Miguel Andujar couldn’t make a clean throw (Greg Bird didn’t help matters at first) — and the game-tying run scored from second. The Red Sox scored three runs to tie the game against Aroldis Chapman on one single hit.
Mitch Moreland struck out to end the inning, which sent the game to extras. Under backers could only hope for a 5-4 win to push their bets after seeing seven runs from the seventh inning on — three of which were unearned.
As a Yankees bettor, I started to write this article.
To no one’s surprise, the Red Sox predictably walked it off with two outs on a seeing-eye hit in the bottom of the 10th inning — by none other than the aforementioned Yankee-killer.
Not a fun way for under and Yankees bettors to end their weekends.
34 days until NFL.