The Yanks haven’t lost 3 in a row all year so far, and Neil Walker made sure it didn’t happen Saturday as the Yanks came from behind to win 7-6 in 11 innings to remain in a first place tie (27-12) with Boston.
For three innings, Domingo German picked right up from his last start, which was his first MLB start, in which he pitched six no-hit innings. After three, no runs, one hit and dominant.
Meanwhile, the Yanks were up 2-0 on back-to-back homers in the second by Sanchez (10) and Hicks (3).
But things fell apart in the fourth for German. He gave up five runs, three on a HR by Khris Davis that hit the top of the wall and bounced over.
German gave up another run in the fifth.
A learning experience for the rookie. Find out what worked so well for three innings, and why things went wrong in the fourth. As a rookie, learn how to be more consistent and how to adjust while on the mound.
So the Yanks went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-2.
They came right back to tie it up. Gardner led off with a walk, and Judge homered (11) to make it 6-4. Didi singled and stole second. After an out, Sanchez walked. With two out, Walker singled to make it 6-5 and Andujar tied it up with a single of his own.
The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t score.
In the top of the ninth, the Yanks caught a break that turned the game around. Chapman was EXTREMELY SHAKY. Apparently he had a problem with a nail. Walk, Walk, WP, Walk. Bases loaded and no one out. He got a strikeout. PH Jonathan Lucroy hit a flyout to Brett Gardner and the runner on third was originally called safe for a go-ahead SF. But Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone thought that C Gary Sanchez, on a sweep tag, barely got the back of the runner before he hit the plate. The Yankees challenged and won the challenge. Sanchez DID barely clip the runners’ back. Inning-ending flyout/throw-him-out DP. The Yanks were still alive.
To the tenth and an unsung hero of the day: A.J. Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28, two weeks ago. I wrote about how the Yanks had Hale (not so hot yesterday) and Cole in the bullpen but they weren’t being used and how they seemed to be biding time until Kahnle and Warren came off the DL.
Today, Cole earned his pinstripes.
After two weeks of inaction, Cole walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the tenth. He got out of it with two strikeouts and a popup. Whew.
He followed it up with a 1-2-3 eleventh, two more K’s.
In the bottom of the eleventh, with one out, Stanton walked but was forced at second. Hicks walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Walker singled in Sanchez to win the game, 7-6.
Walker has been heating up lately. Good to see. When Bird comes back, it’ll be interesting to see, with Bird, Torres, Andujar (not to mention Drury in the minors) how Walker will be utilized.
Walker, 32, going into the game, was at .200-0-8, OPS+ just 47. Only 5 of his 20 hits were for extra bases, no HR. The late arrival to spring training as an unclaimed free agent may have had something to do with that.
His 162 g. average however, is .270-19-79, OPS+ 112. Maybe that is starting to come around now.
And it’s welcome. A big come-from-behind win today, and the ace, Severino, is going tomorrow (Sunday, weather permitting, which it may not. Rain in forecast.).
Gardner 2 hits, 2 walks. Game saving throw-out at the plate.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, Solo HR, scored 3 runs, walked once.
Hicks solo HR
Walker 2 hits, 2 RBI, walk
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Great job by the bullpen. Six scoreless innings, albeit with some scares.
German 5 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.26
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1.50
Cole (W, 2-1, 9.42) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K. Combined Wash/NYY stats.
YES showed ex-Yankees’ 2B Bobby Richardson at the game. Looks good for someone turning 83 in August.