Yankees manager Aaron Boone does an ‘about face’ and wins

Miguel Andujar #41 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone guided a tired Yankees team to a tight 11-inning win over the Oakland Athletics by changing his strategy in the bullpen.

The definition of insanity is repeating the same action time after time and expecting a different result. Yankees manager Aaron Boone changed strategy in the second game of the series with Oakland Athletics and limited his relievers to one inning of work for as long as could, and the Bombers got the win.

We have all become accustomed, to come from behind to wins from this Yankee team so often this season, but this game was different from the others, and Aaron Boone deserves to get the credit.

The Yankees played their 23rd game in 24 days and got the win despite a poor performance by Domingo German who received a taste of reality in his second career outing as a starter,

German’s first start was a brilliant six-inning no-hit performance against the Cleveland Indians six days ago. Against an upstart Oakland Athletics lineup, he allowed six runs on six hits, going only five innings, and leaving Boone to find a way to hold Oakland scoreless the rest of the way — giving his team a chance to win.

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Boone rose to the task. Instead of the same failures of demanding multiple innings from his relievers and then watching the opposing club beat them up with more runs, the Yankees skipper reversed course.

He trotted out to the bump Jonathan Holder, Chad Green and Dellin Betances, who each pitched a single perfect inning, allowing their team to again, play catch up. Let’s all hope that this is a sign of things to come from Boone, in finding the way he operates his bullpen.

Aroldis Chapman was handed the ball in the ninth inning with the score tied at six apiece and also produced a scoreless frame, but only after walking the bases loaded, and then getting a sparkling defensive play by Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez to foil the A’s attempt of the go-ahead run.

Forced into extra innings, Boone, who had no other option, called right-hander A.J. Cole to the mound who had not pitched in 13 days. Cole rewarded his new team with two brilliant no-hit innings and four strikeouts of some of the hottest hitters in the league.

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Bravo, Aaron Boone. Take a bow because you will have a very happy, and far more confident bullpen on Sunday. The game ball really belongs to you.