Yankees fans were so close to enjoying Red Sox failure with Mike Tauchman moment

Chicago Cubs v Boston Red Sox
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It was a heck of a weekend for the New York Yankees, who erased some terrible Thursday/Friday vibes with 30 total runs on Saturday and Sunday to take the series against the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Boston Red Sox playing on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, there was a chance it could've been even more epic for the Yanks if their division rivals took an L.

The Toronto Blue Jays lost a series to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Baltimore Orioles lost a series to the Oakland Athletics. The Tampa Bay Rays were SWEPT by the worst team in MLB, the Chicago White Sox.

Boston hosted the Chicago Cubs this weekend, dropping Friday's game rather embarrassingly against one of their free agent targets, as Shota Imanaga dominated them.

But then the Red Sox scored 17 runs on Saturday night for a massive win and jumped out to a 4-0 lead through six innings on Sunday Night Baseball. The Cubs needed to make some noise to try and save face.

Former Yankee Hayden Wesneski got the start, and he was actually solid. He allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk through four innings. The Cubs' defense and bullpen betrayed him. But another former Yankee put a scare into the Sox and the rest of Fenway Park. Mike Tauchman hit a game-tying three-run homer off Chris Martin to elicit "SOCK MAN!" exclamations from Yankees fans watching at home.

Yankees fans were so close to enjoying Red Sox failure with Mike Tauchman moment

A little revenge on the Sox for getting injured at Fenway Park back in 2019 and missing the playoffs? People don't forget! And Tauchman has killed Boston throughout his career. Heading into Sunday night, he was hitting .343/.432/.514 with 19 runs scored, 2 homers and 16 RBI in 25 games.

Unfortunately, Tauchman's effort went wasted. The Cubs couldn't get anything going off Kenley Jansen in the top of the ninth, and then Mark Leiter Jr. gave up his first earned run of the year after blowing it in the bottom half.

He walked Jarren Duran, surrendered a single to Rafael Devers, and then put the defense in a tough position when Tyler O'Neill lifted this into no man's land.

Oh well, can't win 'em all, Yankees fans. The Sox took the series with the 5-4 triumph and sit at 16-13 as they await the Giants' arrival to Boston.

Hopefully the Yankees avenge this lost moment for Tauchman when they get to take on the Red Sox in ... seven weeks? Come on, MLB.

For now, we have Alex Verdugo's rise and subtle shade at Boston.