Miller, Chapman Who???
Yankees pulled out another 5-4 victory in 13 innings last night to move 2.5 games out of the wild card. After an eventful 10 innings on Tuesday night, the drama was just as high last night.
With second and third and nobody out in the 13th McCann hit a sac fly to deep left field to score the game winning run. With that run the Yankees did not need to add anymore as Betances had a 1-2-3 bottom of the 13th.
The Yankees bullpen were the real hero’s of the night after Luis Cessa allowed all 4 of the Royals runs (3 earned) in 6 innings. Shreve picked up from where he left off and pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th. Left hander Tommy Layne and right hander Adam Warren combined for a scoreless 9th, and Blake Parker threw a scoreless 10th and 11th.
In the top of the 12th the Yankees had a chance to take the lead on a single by Brett Gardner but third base coach Joe Espada held up Chase Headly on a throw that sailed to the backstop. It felt like the Yankees lost their opportunity right there. With second and third one out Royals intentionally walked Ellisbury to load the bases for Gary Sanchez. Sanchez would line out to third, and Teixeira would hit into a fielders choice on a 3-1 pitch that could have been called ball four.
After a shaky outing from Ben Heller Tuesday night, he came out and retired the side in order in the 12th to stop Kansas City’s momentum. McCann would then go onto hit the game winning sack fly, and Betances closes it out in the bottom of the inning. The Yankees bullpen would finish with 7 innings of no hit no run baseball.
Yankees head to Camden Yards this weekend for a three game set against the Oriels. Oriels are currently tied with Detroit for the second place wild card and the Yankees being 2.5 back look to gain some ground and keep their playoff chances alive.