The New York Yankees walked it off in a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Guardians. Some drama ensued as well in a tight matchup.
The game was scoreless into the fifth inning, until Josh Naylor hit a two-run HR (1) after Amed Rosario walked. That was the first hit that Nestor Cortes allowed in the game and it cost him.
The Yankees ended up tying the game 2-2. Aaron Hicks walked, Joey Gallo singled and Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to score Hicks. Then, Kyle Higashioka flied out to center field and Gallo scored after tagging up.
Clay Holmes replaced Cortes in the top of the seventh inning. Cortes went 6.1 innings with one hit, two runs, two walks and eight strike outs. His ERA in the game was 1.15. He pitched an outstanding game.
Josh Donaldson started off the bottom of the seventh with a solo HR to make it 3-2 Yankees. No more scoring took place this inning. However, pitcher Enyel De Los Santos replaced Cal Quantrill .
The Yankees changed pitchers by replacing Holmes with Chad Green in the top of the eighth. Naylor singled to start the inning off and later in the inning, Austin Hedged homered (1) scoring Naylor. This play gave the Guardians the lead back as the score goes to 4-3.
Entering the bottom of the inning, Bryan Shaw replaced De Los Santos. Later in the inning, Nick Sandin replaced Shaw.
Miguel Castro replaced Green starting off the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Emmanuel Clase replaced Sandin and the Yankees last chance to change the results of the game.
Donaldson walked during his at-bat. He was replaced by Tim Locastro as a pinch-runner.
Locastro stole second as Hicks struck out. Kiner-Falefa doubled (4) to left field, scoring Locastro to make it 4-4.
After an injury delay, Gleyber Torres came in to pinch-hit for Higashioka and doubled to walk it off for the Yankees. The final score was 5-4 Yankees.
This game did come with a little bit of excitement and drama. During the injury delay, some Yankees fans and Guardians players went at it in what looked like some “trash talk”. One of the players climbed the outfield wall, while the stadium filled up with boos coming from the crowd.
After the walk-off double, either those same fans or some around them ended up throwing stuff onto the field at the Guardians outfielders. Some of the Yankees, such as Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, told them to stop.
In what was supposed to be a celebration, turned into a combination of boos and cheers. It really don’t look good for the Yankees, their fans or the organization when things happen like that. Of course it isn’t the Yankees fault or the organization’s either. It was the fans fault and it doesn’t matter what the Guardians players said to them. It was uncalled for to throw stuff on the field at the players. That was just ridiculous and hopefully the Yankees look into it because that shouldn’t be part of the game at all.
The Yankees still have one more game against the Guardians on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET. The Yankees will be looking for a sweep as Gerrit Cole will face Aaron Civale. Which one of these pitchers dominate? Will both teams come out strong to score many runs? Or will it be a pitching duel as very little offense takes place? Stay tuned to find out.
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