NEW YORK While still on the field, he tipped his cap to the Blue Jays sluggeras Guerrero hammered the.
On Thursday, Toronto owed the Yankees manager a tip of the cap of its own. When it came to the top, he made the right call.
The Boone was pulled closer out of a dangerous ninth-inning spot for a reliever to aid the Yankees in escaping uncathed and a 3-0 victory at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
After the game, Boone said, "It's a tough call."
Chapman had walked three straight batters the bottom of the Blue Jays' roster to pack the bases and put the tied run at the plate. Chapman couldn't locate his fastball, walking Cavan Biggio on five pitches, Santiago Espinal on six pitches, and then Matt Chapman on five.
On the other hand, Chapman has quickly recovered into form and mastered himself out of jams before in his illustrious career. And Boone was about to go to King, who broke out as a major player of the Yankees' bullpen last year but had not believed that he had been in high-leverage situations yet, especially considering the scope of the club's relief unit.
King got it done, striking out free thrower George Springer swinging before allowing Bo Bichette to weaken out at the second base. DJ LeMahieu caught the ball in stride and thrown Matt Chapman out at the first base to stop the violence.
Chapman said about Boone that he had gotten out of it. "I didn't feel like he would be far off by any means."
Boone said, "Just one of those nights."
King said he felt like he was doing everything he can.
The righty said, "It's a rush." "Knowing you must execute."
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It was King's first career save.
It's cool, he said. I really wasn't thinking about it in the moment. But after (Anthony) Rizzo gave me the ball, that was pretty cool.
"We also have a lot of confidence in Kinger there, knowing he wasn't going to be afraid of the save situation." I felt like in that moment, it was the right thing to do."
At the correct time, it was the right call.
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