In going 12-3 after a 1-4 start (entering tonight, 13-7) the Yanks have had great pitching.
They didn’t have that tonight and found themselves down 9-1 after 5 1/2 innings.
Then the bats woke up. In a 14-11 slugfest, the Yanks rallied from that eight-run deficit to win 14-11 in 10 innings. What a huge win.
With the win, the Yanks tie the Orioles at the top of the AL East with a 14-7 record.
CC Sabathia was off his game tonight. He gave up a 2-run double to Manny Machado in the third and a two-run HR to Wellington Castillo in the fourth to put the Yanks in a 4-0 hole.
In the fifth, Machado hit a monster shot over the restaurant in CF. 470 feet. 5-0 Orioles. You wanted to write this one off.
In the bottom of the fifth, Judge turned jury and executioner (to borrow a phrase from one on my best friends) to make it 5-1. HR #8. He wasn’t finished.
But in the sixth, CC was done, Bryan Mitchell came in and he had his first bad outing of the year. Mitchell gave up a grand slam to Trumbo. 9-1 Orioles.
But the Yanks got a little back. Didi Gregorius, in his first game this season, got an RBI groundout (he doubled in his first AB of the year). Judge hit his 2nd HR of the game, a 2-run shot (9), to cut it to 9-4.
Baltimore got two in the top of the seventh. 11-4. Now, you figured, the Yanks were surely done.
Nope. In the bottom of the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grand slam. HR #3 of the season was #100 of his career and his first grand slam. 11-8.
To the ninth. Britton, the Orioles’ great closer, is on the DL, and it cost them. Headley walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Holliday singled him to third. An RBI groundout by Ellsbury made it 11-9.
Castro then tied the game with a HR (5). Extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th, both Hicks and Higashioka walked. After Headley struck out, Holliday homered (3) to win the game 14-11.
Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. ERA jumps from 2.70 to 4.34.
Mitchell 2/3 IP 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up the grand slam. His ERA jumps to 4.82. Rough night for CC and Mitchell.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57. Unsung hero. Kept us in it.
Clippard 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Chapman (w, 1-0, 1.08) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K.
Unbelievable that after 21 games, Gardner is under .200, has no RBI and still the Yanks are 14-7. You wonder when Ellsbury stops hitting cleanup and replaces Gardy in the leadoff spot.
Unbelievable that the Yanks are 14-7 with Greg Bird hitting .109.
Holliday 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3. His “coming out” party as a Yankee, you could say.
Ellsbury only had 1 hit, but drove in 5 runs. Of course, that one hit was a grand slam.
Judge 2 HR. 3 RBI. A beast.
Didi 2 hits in his first game back.
Castro 3 hits, the big game-tying HR, and he is at .361.