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Yankees Game 145: A pair of ninth inning errors lead to late loss in Bronx

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 – New York Yankees 0

In the rubber game in this Interleague match-up, the Dodgers sent their ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound, with Michael Pineda pitching for the Yankees.

Following four scoreless innings came the rain.  The skies opened up, handing the Bronx the night’s first rain delay of 12 minutes in the middle of the fourth inning.  Pineda would not return to the game after four innings of work.  He pitched well, only giving up two hits and two walks with five strikeouts, but had thrown 82 pitches in the short period of time.  He was replaced by Tommy Layne in the fifth inning.

After the next rain delay, this time 48 minutes in the middle of the fifth inning, the Yankees hoped to get something going with second baseman Starlin Castro reaching on a fielding error by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Chase Headley reaching on a single to left.  The two would advance on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Didi Gregorius, but Kershaw would strikeout Rob Refsnyder and Austin Romine, both going down swinging.

Luis Severino would take over on the mound for the Yankees in the top of the sixth.  After a ground out by Corey Seager, Turner would single for Los Angeles, but the inning would come to a close on a double-play ball hit by Adrian Gonzalez.

New York would get two on base again in the seventh after a single by Castro and a walk by Headley, and Brett Gardner drew a walk in the eighth, but nothing came of it.  This would be the story of the night for the Yankees.  Brett Gardner would draw a walk in the eighth.  Castro again singled in the ninth, but they could not get any runs across the plate.

Yankees closer Dellin Betances would enter the game in the top of the ninth in an attempt to keep the score a 0-0 tie heading into the bottom half with a chance for a walk-off win.  That would not be the case.  Two errors would cost them the game.

The first error came on a line drive hit by Seager towards second base, which Castro misplayed.  Seager stole second base and scored when the next batter Turner doubled down the left field line.  Gonzalez would fly out to left field, advancing Turner to third.  He would score on a throwing error by Betances, trying to get Turner out on a routine play at home.

Aside from another single by Castro in the ninth, Dodgers closer Kanley Jansen struck out the side.


Win – Luis Avilan (2-0)

Loss – Dellin Betances (3-5)

Save – Kanley Jansen (44)


Los Angeles Dodgers

*Justin Turner – 2 for 3, R, RBI (82), BB

New York Yankees

*Starlin Castro – 2 for 4, two singles

*Chase Headley – 1 for 3, single, BB