Entering Sunday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had not allowed a home run in 2017. Chapman, who struggled in Friday’s victory, was sharp as he struck out Hanley Ramirez on three pitches over 100 miles per hour. Things changed against rookie Rafael Devers, who managed to hit an opposite-field home run to tie the game at two runs apiece.
Devers, who was called up by the Red Sox on July 23, is now hitting .333 with four home runs, 10 runs batted in and a .993 OPS. He is also the first player to hit a home run off of Chapman since Rajai Davis did in Game 7 of last year’s World Series.
Devers is the first left-handed batter to hit a home run off of Chapman since Luke Scott of the Baltimore Orioles did so on June 25, 2011.