James Paxton was cruising, having struck out 12 in 6 innings. The Yanks had a 5-0 lead.
But the Yanks needed Austin Romine to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth with a single and to win it in the tenth with another single to win 7-6 in 10 innings.
The Yanks (11-10) scored a run in the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on a deep flyout by Voit to RF and a passed ball.
In the second, Mike Ford doubled for his first MLB hit, and Romine got the first of his three singles and three RBI on the day. 2-0 Yanks.
Clint Frazier hit a 3-run HR (6) in the fifth, 5-0 Yanks.
Paxton was cruising. 12 K in 6 IP, just 3 hits.
Kahnle had a good seventh, no runs, 2 K.
But then Chad Green, who hasn’t been good at all this year, started the seventh, faced three batters and could not get anyone out. Two hits and a walk later, in came Adam Ottavino.
Ottavino maybe needed more warmup time, which he didn’t get because of Green’s failures. A double made it 5-2. Then a 3-run HR that tied the game, then another HR (back-to-back) that made it 6-5 KC, and you were thinking that this could turn out to be the Yanks’ worst loss of the season.
In the eighth, Mike Tauchman doubled to lead off the inning and two outs later, Romine singled to tie the game.
In the tenth, Tauchman led off the inning with a walk, Gio Urshela walked, and Thairo Estrada, in his first MLB plate appearance, laid down a bunt to move the runners over. Romine then singled to win the game.
This starting lineup is NOT something you expected to see two months ago:
Voit DH (batting 2nd!)
Gardner CF (Gardy hitting 3rd?!)
Frazier RF !
Tauchman LF !
Wade SS (Torres PH later, but had the day off).
As Joel Sherman of MLB network and the NY Post stated, if you took that lineup on the road for a spring training game, the other team would complain that you didn’t bring enough regulars. Such is the state of the team right now with all the injuries.
Gardner 3 hits
Frazier 3=run HR
Tauchman 2 hits
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI.
Paxton became only the second Yankee pitcher ever (the other being David Cone in 1998) to have back-to-back 12 K games.
Paxton 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 12 K. 3.10
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.45
Green 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 12.27
Ottavino (BS, 2) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.27 Gave up 2 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25
Britton (W, 1-0, 2.89) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
There is no minor league report because none of the Yanks’ minor league teams were scheduled for Easter Sunday.