Josh Donaldson defeated the Red Sox with a walk-off hit in the Yankees regular season.
Over five months later, he did it again to score a ticket to the postseason.
Donaldson continued to swing the bat hot in important moments, hitting an RBI hit in the 10th inning, Yankees beat Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night in the Bronx.
The veteran’s third hit, and fourth walk-off hit of the season, defeated autorunner Merwin Gonzalez from second base to officially earn the Yankees a playoff spot with 13 games left in the season.
“There have been several times this year, [but] You won’t be disappointed,” Donaldson said of delivering a game winner.
The Red Sox deliberately walked Gleyber Torres to lead 10th and put up Donaldson. , said the situation made him “happy.”
Donaldson trailed Caleb Ort, 0-1, but won with a 97 mph fastball in and a chop down the left side.
“That was big,” said manager Aaron Boone.
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In his last 10 games since returning from a paternity-listed stint giving birth to his daughter, Donaldson has gone 13-of-41 (.317) with 4 hits and 7 RBIs. He successfully reached base in 12 straight games, settling for a clean-up spot in a lineup that was still missing a few key pieces.
“He’s getting some traction,” Boone said. “I feel like he’s been pretty close all through this year. It’s been good for a day or two and then he’s backed off a bit. I feel like his energy has been great. doing.
“We are obviously in a period where we are playing with a lot of stakes. It’s good to see him producing more and more consistent results.”
Donaldson, who was awarded the Player of the Game belt in the Yankees’ clubhouse and gave a speech welcoming his teammates into the postseason, attributes his production increase to something he’s got to break his ways. increase.
“I haven’t missed a few pitches I can hit,” Donaldson said. “I feel confident. I feel pretty good at bat right now.”