Well that was about as awesome a second half-opening series as the Yankees could have hoped for. 3 games, 3 wins, and today’s coming in walk-off fashion. I’ll take it.
Hiroki Kuroda was very good this afternoon. The only run he gave up in 6.2 innings of work was an unearned one and he used his slider and splitter to generate 6 outs via the strikeout and another 7 via the groundball. Vintage Kuroda.
The 2 runs he got in support came in the bottom of the 5th on RBI singles by Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury. Say what you want about Jeter, I know I’ve been overly critical this season, but he’s been swinging a decent bat for the better part of the last month. Ellsbury has also been better in the 3-hole in the last few weeks than he was earlier.
Dellin Betances was nearly the goat when Todd Frazier touched him up for a game-tying solo home run in the top of the 8th. Tip your cap to Frazier too, as it took a nice piece of hitting to square up the pitch and keep it fair. But an Ellsbury leadoff single, stolen base, move to third on a wild pitch, and walk-off run on a Brian McCann bloop took the blown save responsibility off of Betances’ plate and onto that of Aroldis Chapman.
– Ellsbury was 4-4 on the day with 2 stolen bases.
– McCann had another 2-hit day. His batting average is up above .240.
– Tough day at the plate for Mark Teixeira. He took an 0-5 with 3 strikeouts and left 8 men on base in his 5 PA.
– D-Rob picked up his first win of the season with a perfect 9th inning, although he only struck out 1 batter in the inning. Slacker.