NEW YORK — Just as it looked like the team was ready to take the loss, the Yankees once again showed us the never say die attitude that has fueled their latest victories. Trailing 4-2 entering the ninth, the Bombers rallied to beat the Mariners, 5-4, on a rainy night in the Bronx.
Facing Anthony Swarzak, Gio Urshela came up huge, hitting a two-run home run into Monument Park to tie the game at four. It was a massive home run for the third baseman, who Aaron Boone said before the game would continue to get regular at-bats at third.
Then, with a man on second and two outs, DJ LeMahieu pulled thru yet again as his single to right field drove in Cameron Maybin from second for a Yankees’ walk-off victory.
While the Mariners did challenge the play at home plate, a great slide from Maybin allowed him to score safely and give Boone’s squad its 21st win of the season. It is also the team’s 13th win in its past 17 games.
What made this comeback even more special was the fact that New York had to overcome some mental lapses on the field. A fourth inning fly-ball from Jay Bruce fell in between Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier left even the usually stoic Masahiro Tanaka frustrated.
Another error from Frazier in the seventh and one from Urshela in the eighth forced the Yankee pitchers to have to work even harder. In the end, giving up only four runs on a very rainy night has to be seen as a positive for the Yankee pitching staff.
The only big hits came on Edwin Encarnacion‘s sixth-inning blast, and a couple of RBI-hits in the eighth. Ryon Healy opened the scoring with a sac fly in the second.