An error and a wild pitch helped the Yanks (12-10) win a marathon, 4-3, over the Angels Monday night in a game that lasted 14 innings and ended after 2 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Yanks were one strike away from winning 3-2 in 12, but Aroldis Chapman hit a batter and gave up a game-tying single after that.
The Yanks got the first run of the game in the first on a Luke Voit HR (5).
J.A. Happ gave up a 2-run HR in the second to Jonathan Lucroy and the Angels took a 2-1 lead. Happ was good, otherwise. Maybe he is coming around after a rough beginning to the season.
Kyle Higashioka opened the third for the Yanks with a double and later scored on a SF by Gleyber Torres (after a couple of walks) to tie the game at two.
That’s where it stood until the twelfth, when Clint Frazier doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a groundout, and after a walk to Mike Ford, Gio Urshela hit a SF to put the Yanks up 3-2. Urshela would be heard from again later.
But in the bottom of the twelfth, with two out, a man on second, and two strikes, Chapman hit the batter, then gave up the game-tying single. On we go.
In the 14th, Gleyber Torres struck out but reached on a throwing error by Lucroy. After Frazier struck out, Torres reached second on a WP. (Thanks, Angels for the gifts). Mike Tauchman struck out and the Angels intentionally walked Ford, once again, to get to Urshela, and once again, their strategy backfired. Torres stole third, and Urshela then singled him home with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Urshela is known for his glove, not his bat, and he has made a couple nice defensive plays this year, including last night. But he is hitting well for the Yanks so far. (.297). So it’s funny to see the Angels walk Ford (.071, just one MLB hit since being called up) twice to get to Urshela. At least Gio delivered both times.
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Happ 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.96
Ottavino 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.77
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.74
Chapman (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 3.00
Holder (W, 1-0, 5.54) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
It’s early, but one thing I’m concerned about already is Ottavino. He’s pitching well, but it seems like, with Betances out and Green and Holder (until last night) struggling, that Ottavino is in there everyday. I’m worried about Ottavino burning out eventually.
After opting out of his contract, the Yanks did give Gio Gonzalez his release.
The Yanks did sign Brad Miller for depth, mostly a SS/2B/1B, the lefty hitter, 29, is a .240 hitter who does have some pop. He hit 30 HR for Tampa Bay in 2016. I hate to say this, but with this move, and also with the earlier move in getting Mike Tauchman, you have to wonder if the Yanks aren’t all that high on Tyler Wade, who still hasn’t proven he can hit MLB pitching. Otherwise, if they were sold on Wade, why would they make these moves? Eventually a player runs out of chances, and you have to wonder if Wade and/or Greg Bird is reaching that point. Just being honest, here.