The Yankees’ overall winning streak and the one against the Red Sox inevitably had to end. This being 2020 it came with the strangest attendance of one and a third-string catcher throwing knuckleballs.
Action was halted in the top of the eighth inning when a human (sorry I won’t describe him as a fan) snuck into Fenway Park, reached the camera wells in center field and began hollering and tossing baseball caps onto the field. He was eventually corralled and removed.
“Probably the last thing you think you are going to have is a fan delay this season,” Erik Kratz said.
Or a 40-year-old catcher throwing knuckleballs. But there was Kratz in the bottom of the eighth — the strangest inning in 2020 is really saying something. J.D. Martinez homered, but that was the lone run allowed by Kratz, who Aaron Boone jokingly praised for his “pitchability” due to bouncing between a high of 86 mph and a low of 55.
Levity, though, could not distract from the key Yankee issue in what was a 10-2 Red Sox victory: that Deivi Garcia had his first stinker after four impressive starts to open his career. Especially because Boone questioned his actual starting pitcher’s…