Yanks Hang On
Yankees pulled out a 5-4 win by the skin of their teeth last night in Kansas City. Heading into the bottom of the 8th inning with a 4-3 lead, Yankees relief pitcher Tyler Clippard walked the leadoff batter, (Lorenzo Cain) which called for Betances to get a six out save. Since Betances does not hold on runners pretty much at all, Cain was able to steal second and get to third on a throwing error with no outs. Betances then got the next three batters out, but surrendered a sac fly to Kendrys Morales with one out to tie the game at four. After Matt Strahm and Betances dealt a scoreless 9th inning it was onto the 10th.
After back-to-back singles for McCann and Headly, (McCann was pinched-run for by Hicks) Soria struck out the baby bombers Judge and Austin. A wild pitch by Soria then put the runners at second and third with two outs. A walk to Gardner then loaded the bases for Ellisbury who came through with an infield single off Soria’s foot to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead and giving himself 4 hits on the day.
Yankees rookie Ben Heller who they acquired form the Indians in exchange for Miller in July was then called on to get the final three outs. After a leadoff HBP, a single and stolen base for Dyson the Royals were set up with second and third and nobody out. Heller then got Cain to strike out and an intentional walk to Hosmer loaded the bases and called for relief pitcher Chasen Shreve. Shreve who has been up and down from the minors all year needed to get the two biggest outs of the season. The lefty Shreve came in and got Morales to strike out, and then last years World Series MVP Salvador Perez to fly out to center to end the game. Yankees were able to hang on and keep contention in the wild card. Yankees are 3.5 games back and look to win the rubber game tonight against the Royals who are a .5 game ahead of the Yankees.