Hanging On to the Win — June 24, 2019: NY 10 Toronto 8

This game took several U Turns. The Yanks were looking for a record for most consecutive games with a homer but were being shutout halfway through. They then U-turned the game into a HUGE lead; another U Turn had them hanging on to the win.

But the story was Jonathan Holder. Poor Jonathan Holder.

U Turn #1 — the Yankee Offense Takes Command

The Yanks were looking to tie the 2002 Texas Rangers for the all-time record of 27 games in a row with a homerun, but were down 2-0 to Aaron Sanchez entering the bottom of the 5th. And then Aaron Hicks hit one to the sticks for a 3-run homer and a 3-2 Yankee lead. All of a sudden CC Sabathia was on the winning side of the ledger, and the Yanks had tied the homerun record.

In the 6th, the Yanks exploded for 7 runs, caped off by a Giancarlo Stanton 438-foot 3-run homer and it was 10-2 Yankees. Game Over. Seemingly.

U Turn #2 — Holder

It would’ve been nice for Jonathan Holder if the game ended there. He came in for the 8th, after Tommy Kahnle pitched a 1-2-3 7th. Holder was murdered to the point where his Major League career is in jeopardy.

Leftfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.led off with a homer, then a single (by Cavan Biggio), single (by Randall Grichuk), single (by Rowdy Tellez) and Grand Slam homerun by shortstop Freddy Galvis made it 10-7. Exit Holder. Chad Green came in and struck out the first 2 he faced, but then allowed consecutive singles! Finally Adam Ottavino came in and got the final out; sanity restored.

In the 9th, Aroldis Chapman allowed a 1-out double but got the final out on a hot shot down the 3rd base line and spectacular pick and off-balance throw by Gio Urshela for the ballgame.

Should Not have been that hard.

Holder Demoted Right After the Game

After the game Holder was demoted to AAA. He put on a brave face in the post-game interview; you had to feel for him.


DJ LeMahieu went 4-4 with a walk — his first 4-hit game as a Yankee — and is now leading the American League in batting at .331. Luke Voit, Didi Gregorius, and Gio Urshela all had 2 hits. Gleyber Torres went 1-2 with 3 walks. Brett Gardner got a hit and a walk.

CC ended up getting his 251st win.

The Boxscore



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