With apologies to Sonny & Cher, The Beat Goes On.
The Yanks won for the 14th time in their last 15 games, 5-2 over Cleveland, to go to 23-10 on the season. They remain one game behind Boston in the AL East.
I don’t like, and manager Aaron Boone doesn’t like, personalized catchers. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For whatever reason, Sonny Gray works better with Austin Romine than Gary Sanchez. Fine. Whatever works. The Yanks especially need Gray now with Montgomery down.
It was a funky lineup today with both Sanchez and Didi getting the day off. Hicks batting third. Romine and Torreyes in the lineup.
Gray got out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the third without giving up a run.
He gave up a HR in the top of the fifth to Francisco Lindor.
The Yanks’ first 13 batters went down in order. In fact, the Yanks got 4 hits all game long.
But with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar both walked. Gleyber Torres got the Yanks’ first hit to load the bases. Austin Romine walked to force in the tying run. Ronald Torreyes hit what should have been an inning-ending DP ball but Lindor made both a fielding and throwing error on the play and two runs scored. Brett Gardner hit a SF to make it 4-0.
Cleveland got a run in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks got a double by Romine and a two-out RBI single by Gardner in the seventh to make it 5-2.
Gardner 2 RBI.
Gray (W, 2-2, 6.00) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.08
Robertson (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.12