After getting shut down by Twins’ starter Kyle Gibson for most of the game, the Yankees were able to walk it off against Fernando Rodney by a score of 4-3 thanks to a three-run home run off the bat of Gary Sanchez, which extended the Yankees’ win streak to six games. Safe to say Yankee fans are thrilled they avoided having to watch Rodney do his unnecessary post-game bow and arrow routine.
Clearly, just about all the excitement occurred in the bottom of the 9th inning, but since this is a game recap, let’s dive into everything that happened prior to Gary’s walk-off drive.
Second-year starter Jordan Montgomery did not last long in his latest outing, but threw pretty well for the most part. Monty held the opposing lineup to only two runs across five innings, keeping his ERA a respectable 3.76. Following his departure, Domingo German was called upon to give the Yankees some length. He recorded nine outs out of the ‘pen, allowing one run in the process.
Obviously, Gary’s home run was the story of today’s ballgame, but let’s not overlook what Dellin Betances provided either. The hard-throwing righty certainly brought his A-level stuff, striking out the side in the ninth inning while keeping the score to 3-1. Betances lowered his concerning ERA to 5.40.
Before Gary’s three-run drive, the Yanks managed to scrape-together a run after Giancarlo Stanton scored on Aaron Hicks‘ sac-fly to center in the 7th.
Any guesses as to who belongs is this segment? Doug Mientkiewicz? How about Tony the Tiger?
In all seriousness, Sanchez saved his teammates’ behinds this afternoon after being shut-down by a pitcher who holds a career 4.68 ERA.
Hicks recorded an RBI as well, reducing the Twins’s lead to just two runs at the time.
On the pitching side, Montgomery gave the Yanks a solid 5.0IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, 98 pitch, 61 strike performance. Nothing special, but his performance kept the offense within striking distance all day.
Before unleashing the kraken, Stanton participated in some table-setting earlier in the inning:
According to the official Tampa Tarpons twitter page, Clint Frazier is set to begin his rehab assignment tonight, playing with the Yankee’s High-A affiliate. The 23-year-old outfielder suffered a concussion during Spring Training and has yet to play in a Major League game this season. His road to the Bronx has not been brief, as concussion symptoms hampered him for quite some time after the initial injury.