Josh Donaldson kicked off the Yankees’ regular season with a walk-off hit to beat the Red Sox.
Five-plus months later, he did it again to punch their ticket to the postseason.
Donaldson continued to swing a hot bat at an important time, delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night in The Bronx.
The veteran’s third hit of the night — and fourth walk-off hit of the season — scored automatic runner Marwin Gonzalez from second base and officially clinched a playoff berth for the Yankees with 13 games left in the season.
“It’s happened a couple times this year, [but] it doesn’t disappoint,” Donaldson said of delivering the game-winner.
The Red Sox intentionally walked Gleyber Torres to lead off the 10th, bringing up Donaldson. He said he understood why they did it, to set up a double-play scenario, but said the situation made him “happy.”
Donaldson fell behind 0-1 against Kaleb Ort before getting a 97 mph fastball up and in and chopping it through the left side to win it.