WHAT. A. GAME!
The New York Yankees picked up an important win in extra innings tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays and are now just 2.5 games behind the Jays for 1st place in the division, as the Yankees won 6-4 in the 10th inning.
On the mound for the Yankees was their rookie sensation, 21 year-old Luis Severino. Severino went 6 strong innings allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and striking out 3 and 1 walk. He had the groundball pitch working for him as well as getting some flyouts in between. He was left with a No Decision for the game.
For the Blue Jays, Marco Estrada was on the mound for 6 2/3 innings with 2 strikeouts and allowing 2 runs on 7 hits. The two runs allowed came in early in the game as Estrada struggled a little bit as Jacoby Ellsbury led the game off with a double, later walking Alex Rodriguez, allowing a RBI single to Brian McCan and Carlos Beltran getting the second run in with a sacrifice fly as the Yankees took an early 2-run lead. After the 1st inning, Estrada shook it off and went on for a stronger 5 2/3 innings. he settled down as the game went by as he also had his groundball pitch working and also having some help from his outfield, especially Jose Bautista. Bautista had two outfield assists as he threw out Outfielder Dustin Ackley on a double from Didi Gregorius, as Ackley tried to get to third from first. Originally the play was called safe, but after a review, Ackley was confirmed out as Third Basemen Josh Donaldson got the tag in time of Ackley’s slide to third. Bautista also threw out Outfielder Chris Young at home as he tried to tag up from third to home on a flyout from Jacoby Ellsbury.
Both teams had their chances to score a lot of runs, but neither could capitalize over the other. In the 7th inning, Alex Rodriguez struck out with bases loaded, which kept the ballgame tied at 2. The Blue Jays were in a similar situation in the 8th inning as Edwin Encarnacion also struck out with the bases loaded.
The tie was broken at one point when Carlos Beltran hit the go-ahead homerun to make it 3-2, Yankees. After Reliever Dellin Betances got himself out of the bases loaded jam in the 8th, the Yankees called upon their Closer Andrew Miller, who has been phenomenal the whole year with 34 saves.
Andrew Miller started the 9th inning strong as he struck out Blue Jays’ 1st Baseman Justin Smoak, but on the 1st pitch of the next at-bat, Miller threw a 95 MPH meatball right down the pipe for Catcher Dioner Navarro as he blasted a homerun to left field. Miller blew the save, but kept the game tied at 3-3 as he got out of the 9th inning alive.
In comes the 10th inning and Manager Jay Gibbons puts Mark Lowe to pitch the 10th and it did not go well. Lowe gave up a single to Brian McCan, who was later replaced by Rico Noel to pinch run. Slade Heathcott came up to at-bat after replacing Carlos Beltran in right field earlier in the game and Heathcott reached base on a Catcher’s Interference. After that, the man of the hour, Greg Bird, reached down for a slider and drove it near the Yankee bullpen as he took Mark Lowe yard for a 3-run homer which would up being the game-winner.
The winning pitcher ended up being Andrew Miller as he closed it down in the 10th, with Mark Lowe being handed the loss
The Yankees are now 2.5 games back of the Blue Jays in the division and prepare to face them tomorrow in the series finale. Scheduled to take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday is Ivan Nova as he takes on Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays side.