The dangerous, explosive aspect of the Yankees’ attack showed itself tonight as the Yanks rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to stun Seattle 7-5 on Wednesday night, courtesy of a walk off 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the ninth.
The Yankees’ win (49-22) combined with a Boston loss (49-26) puts the Yanks 2 up (4 in the loss column) over the Red Sox.
Jonathan Loaisiga pitched in and out of trouble, but when he departed after 3 2/3 he had given up just one run, courtesy of an error, but with two on and two out in the fourth, Chasen Shreve, called in to get out of the inning with just one run given up, gave up a single to make it 3-0, two runs charged to “Johnny Lasagna.”
Shreve then gave up 2 more runs the next inning. Hey, if the Yanks want to upgrade by getting a better lefty reliever in Brad Hand from SD, I am all for it.
The Yanks did get two back in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Andujar doubled. After Frazier struck out, Hicks walked and Judge singled in a run. The other run scored on an error which let Judge go to second and let Hicks score. 5-2.
In the seventh, Clint Frazier doubled, and went to third on a single by Judge. A SF by Didi made it 5-3.
To the eighth. Torres walks and Sanchez ties the game with HR #14.
To the bottom of the ninth. With two out, Didi singled and Stanton ended the game with a walk-off HR, HR #18, which ties him with Judge for the team lead.
Judge 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, walkoff HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game-tying HR.
Loaisiga 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.12
Shreve 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.91
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.00. A real godsend this year.
Chapman (W, 3-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Billy Connors, a long-time member of the Yankees pitching staff and front office, died at the age of 76.
From the NY Post:
Connors had three stints as Yankees pitching coach (1989-90, 1994-95 and 2000), but he made his most significant impact with the organization as vice president, player personnel, from 1996-2012.
Connors pitched with the Cubs and Mets from 1966-68. After his playing days, he became a minor league pitching instructor for the Mets and also worked for the Royals, Cubs, Mariners and Phillies.
Connors went 0-2, 7.53 in his MLB career, 26 games, 1 start. ERA+ 46. He was 1 for 2 as a hitter.
Meanwhile, the Post also reports that
Thairo Estrada, the highly regarded Yankees prospect who returned from a gunshot wound this year, will likely miss the rest of the season after suffering a back injury.