The Yankees struck out 17x on Sunday, but found a way to win 3-2 behind CC Sabathia, the bullpen, Didi Gregorius’ 4 hits, a Brett Gardner HR, and a game-saving catch by Aaron Judge.
CC gave up a run in the first when Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to pick off a runner from first base.
All the Yankees’ runs came in the second inning. Ellsbury doubled, and after an out, Gregorius, 4 for 4 for the day, singled him in to tie the game. After another out, Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (8) to make it 3-1 Yanks.
CC gave up a HR to Derek Norris in the fifth that cut the score to 3-2, and that was the final.
But in the sixth, Aaron Judge saved the day. With no one out and a man on first, he made a diving catch on what appeared to be a game-tying double or triple by Evan Longoria and turned it into a DP, doubling up the runner on first. The next batter made out and the Yanks won the game 3-2.
It made up for a rough day at the plate for Judge and other Yankees.
Judge 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Holliday 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts, and I believe he was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts on Saturday, meaning 0 for his last 7, all strikeouts.
Castro 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.
Gardner (2) and Gregorius (4) had six of the Yanks’ seven hits.
Sabathia (W, 4-2, 4.62) 5+ IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 1.45
Betances (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.66
The win puts the Yankees back in first by 1/2 a game at 25-16 as we hit the quarter pole.