The Yankees stepped up once again in what was called the “biggest game of the year” by Joe Girardi. The Yankees got off to an early 3-0 lead in the first with a base hit by Chase Headley and a clutch two out single to score 2 by Austin Romine. The Yankees struck again in the fourth when Machado couldn’t quite make a play on a ball hit in the hole. In the ninth Tyler Austin hit a Frozen rope to right field that bounced out of the glove of Mark Trumbo. Torreyes would bunt him over to third. Gardner got a sac fly to extend the lead to 5-2
Michael Pineda was outstanding for the first three innings. In the fourth Pineda struggled to get outs, but escaped danger and allow just one run. Pineda would pitch into danger again, and the Yankees called on Luis Severino who grinding his way through danger without allowing anymore damage. Severino would go two innings and not allow anything allowing the Yankees to get to their bridge of Warren, Clippard, and Betances. Clippard would come in and allow a base hit right off his arm. He then retired the next two via the strikeout before turning to Betances with two outs in the eighth and a runner on first. Betances retired the batter, and in the ninth Betances sealed down the victory for the Yankees.
How can you not be proud of this team? The Yankees line up consisted of mostly players crucial to the Yankee youth movement. This was as much of a must win game of any of them. It was extremely important. If the Yankees fell 5 games back they would be pretty much out of it. The Yankees have shown to continue fighting, and they remain in the thick of the wild card race with just over 25 games remaining.
The Yankees should commit to the youth movement for the rest of the season, and live or die with it. All the Baby Bombers looked very good today on both sides of all the ball. The Yankees will begin a big three game series at home against Toronto, and in total a 10 game home stand in which could prove to be the most critical 10 game stretch of the season.