Another Comeback; Biggest One Yet — May 20, 2019: NY 10 Balt 7

J.A. Happ was hapless, and the Yanks were down 6-1 in the 6th inning. But the Yanks put 2 on the board, then kept adding in the 7th and 8th — and entered the 9th down a run, 7-6; in position for the final game-tying rally — a sac fly by Aaron Hicks. And then the LINE SHOT 3-run Homer by Gary Sanchez to win the game. Aroldis Chapman threw smoke to strike out the side in the bottom of the 9th for the save. The comeback kids had Yankee Twitter ecstatic and in love with the team.

The Yankees increased their lead on 1st place to a full game over Tampa — they are now 29-17.

And that’s all you need to know.

Gleyber vs Baltimore

In between, this was the Gleyber Torres show. He hit two more homeruns — and is red hot this year vs Baltimore. In 9 games vs Baltimore this year, Torres is 16-32 (.500) 7 HR 9 RBI. He raised his overall average to .298.

Or as the Baltimore announcers would put it:

Sanchez Back as One of Best Catchers in League

And furthermore, the Yankees have Gary Sanchez back this year. His batting average seems steady at .260. He is patient at the plate; getting walks. He’s hitting the occasional ball to opposite field. And he is murdering balls for homeruns. His defense has been terrific behind the plate; blocking balls last night that he had trouble with previously; switching his glove from overhand to underhand to block balls.

Yankee Hit Parade

DJ LeMahieu continues to hit, hit, hit — 2 hits yesterday he is now batting .315. Luke Voit 2 more hits; Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Gio Urshela all joined the hit parade; everyone but Kendrys Morales and Hicks had one (although Morales got an RBI on a groundout, and Hicks had a walk that led to a run and that important game-tying sac fly). So everyone had a great day. Except Happ.

Tale of Two Ballpens

The Yankees were held in check by Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner thru the first 5 innings — only scoring a run off a Gleyber Torres homer. But they got to him in the 6th with a walk, single, and hard single by Sanchez.

Baltimore closer Mychal Givens gave up 5 Yankee runs to ABSORB the loss. The Yankee ballpen of Luis Cessa (2.1 innings, 1 run), Jonathan Holder (1 shutout inning), Zach Britton (1 shutout inning), and Chapman did a great job of keeping Baltimore at bay while the Yankee offense launched their comeback.

Yanks Still Waiting

The Yankees are still waiting for Giancarlo Stanton (who hit a homerun in his 2nd at bat in his first minor league rehab game in Florida), Aaron Judge (traveling with the team and making throws in the outfield now, pregame), and Didi Gregorius — amongst others (Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery) to get back.

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