With one out and closer Aroldis Chapman in to protect a 2-1 lead against the rival Red Sox in the ninth inning, Yankee Stadium was rocking on Sunday night. Boston rookie Rafael Devers changed that with one swing on a 1-2 pitch when he turned around a 102.8-mph Chapman fastball and parked it in the Red Sox bullpen in left field to tie the score. It was the fastest pitch hit for a home run since MLB began tracking such things in 2008.
If Statcast tracked fan emotions, the speed with which this Yankees fan who filmed himself during Devers’s at-bat went from gleeful to despondent would be unmatched.
The Red Sox went on to win the game, 3-2, in 10 innings on Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single, extending their lead over the Yankees in the American League East to 5.5 games.