With all the injuries, the scrubs are somehow finding a way.
Down 5-0 going into the sixth, the Yanks (14-10, 2nd in AL East, 1 1/2 back) came back to win 6-5 for their sixth straight victory. They are playing with some guts and grit.
Before the game, it was announced that Gio Gonzalez, who opted out of his contract with the Yanks, went back to Milwaukee on a one-year deal.’
Chad Green did have an option left. The struggling Green was sent down and Stephen Tarpley was brought back up. Also, the Yanks reactivated Gary Sanchez and sent down Kyle Higashioka.
More disconcerting was that Clint Frazier was out of the lineup again, and was getting an MRI on the ankle he twisted Monday night.
UPDATE: Frazier going on the IL.
Not only that, but Giancarlo Stanton had a setback in his recovery from his biceps injury and needed a cortisone shot in his SHOULDER.
Aargh. We are still looking at a couple of weeks until some of the starters start coming back.
You hope the team can tread water until then, and with this winning streak, they are doing more than that. Give them credit for that. Give Boone credit for holding things together. Things really could have fallen apart.
CC started and got 3 strikeouts to take him to 2997 for his career, but he was off. He gave up a HR to Andrelton Simmons in the first inning. 1-0 Angels.
He then gave up 4 runs in the fourth. Simmons touched him for another HR to make it 2-0. Kole Calhoun later that inning hit a 3-run HR to make it 5-0.
The Yanks got two back in the sixth. Tyler Wade beat out an infield hit and D.J. LeMahieu doubled him home. 5-1. Luke Voit singled LeMahieu to third. After two outs, it appeared the Yanks wouldn’t score anymore, but a PB by Angels’ C Jonathan Lucroy (who has made a couple of costly mistakes this series) enabled LeMahieu to score. 5-2 Angels.
The Yanks tied it in the seventh, but could have had more. The Yanks loaded the bases on a walk to Mike Ford, a single by Gio Urshela and a walk to Mike Tauchman. Wade walked to force in a run, 5-3. LeMahieu hit a SF, 5-4. Voit reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Tauchman to tie the game at five.
But then Brett Gardner hit a screaming liner that Mike Trout made a fabulous play on. But in throwing the ball back to the infield, the Angels picked off Tyler Wade with a hidden ball play. Wade can’t do that. You just can’t adjust your feet or come off the bag even for the slightest moment without knowing EXACTLY where that ball is. He was tagged out, inning over.
Wade made up for his gaffe in the ninth. With two outs, he singled and stole second. LeMahieu singled him in for what proved to be the game-winning run.
Kudos to Jonathan Loaisiga for relieving CC and shutting down the Angels to enable the Yanks to come back and win the game.
Not a good first game back for Gary Sanchez, who took the “Golden Sombrero”, 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.
LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI, GW RBI.
Wade 2 hits, RBI
Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.40
Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70