And a child shall lead them…
Well, maybe not children, but the Yanks were led last night by 23 year old Gleyber Torres and 21 year old Deivi Garcia.
Having lost 15 of their last 20, and the last five in a row, the Yanks (22-21) were desperate for a victory after seeing their record drop from 16-6 to 21-21 and also seeing their playoff hopes clinging by a thread.
What they got was seven superb innings from Garcia, making just his third MLB start, and a HR and 4 RBI from Torres.
For Garcia, it was his first MLB win. For Torres, who hit 38 HR last year, he finally got his second HR of this season… .and the first one was on Opening Day….way too long of a stretch between homers.
Torres started things off with the HR. A solo shot in the top of the second to put the Yanks up 1-0.
Garcia gave up a 2-run blast in the bottom of the second and the Yanks were down 2-1.
D.J. LeMahieu homered (5) in the top of the third to tie it up for the Yanks.
The Yanks went ahead with three runs in the top of the fifth. Tyler Wade singled, went to second on a groundout by LeMahieu, and scored on a single by Luke Voit to make it 3-2. Aaron Hicks walked, and after Clint Frazier struck out, Torres doubled in Voit and Hicks to make it 5-2.
The Yanks got two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. LeMahieu reached on an error, moved to second on a groundout, and stole third. HIcks walkded, and Frazier singled in LeMahieu, with Hicks moving to third. Frazier stole second, and Hicks scored on an RBI groundout by Torres.
LeMahieu solo HR (5)
Frazier 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits, solo HR (2), 4 RBI
Garcia (W, 1-1, 3.06) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. FIRST MLB WIN.
Britton (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.00