The Yankees needed every inch of the ballpark to win a back and forth, thrilling heartstopper of a game on Tuesday night, 7-6 over Toronto.
Luis Cessa started and did quite well for a rookie in a pennant race, pitching into the sixth and giving up just two runs.
He gave up a HR to Edwin Encarnacion in the first, but the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a HR (17) by Brian McCann.
Toronto went up 2-1 in the fifth but then in the bottom of the seventh, things started to get wild.
Tyler Austin hit a 2-run HR (2) in the bottom of the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-2.
But the Yanks bullpen was shaky as heck. They gave up the lead in the top of the 8th, and it was now 4-3 Toronto. I couldn’t understand why that inning, in a big spot, Girardi went to Ben Heller. It was the kid’s sixth MLB game, and a tough sp;ot to bring in a rookie like that.
The Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the eighth. Ellsbury walked, and after Sanchez struck out, Gregorius tripled to tie the game. Castro hit a SF to give the Yanks the lead, then McCann walked and Headley followed with a 2-run HR (13). 7-4 Yanks.
Betances coming in. Game over, right?
Betances almost blew the game. Two walks, a WP, and an infield single made it 7-5. 1st and 3rd, no out. Betances got a strikeout, but then a walk loaded the bases. An infield single make it 7-6, bases loaded, one out.
In came Blake Parker to relieve Betances. He got a strikeout.
Then Justin Smoak “smoaked” on to the wall in left. Gardner went back and made the catch right at the wall. For a moment, it appeared the ball would pop out of his glove.
The win puts the Yanks at 72-65, 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They are still 3 1/2 out of a playoff spot and still have three teams to jump over.
Tonight it appears as if Bryan Mitchell will get the start. He and James Pazos were called up yesterday. I just wonder if Mitchell is ready and stretched out enough in coming off the DL.Also, Girardi went through eight pitchers. He didn’t use Severino, so maybe he hopes for four from Mitchell, then four from Severino today.
Cessa 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.07
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Faced one batter gave up a hit. 1st MLB appearance this season. ERA infinity.
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 5.00 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.55 (Bos/NYY). Faced 1 batter, walked him.
Heller (BS,1 ) 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.00. Faced 2 batters, gave up a hit and a walk.
Shreve (w, 2-1, 4.80) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances (H, 28) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 2.31.
Parker (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.09 (Sea/NYY)