Phenomenal Come-from-Behind Win — Sept 1, 2019: NY 5 Oakland 4

Down 4-0 entering the 8th inning to the A’s, the Yanks launched yet another come-from-behind and walkoff win — their best of the season — scoring 3 in the 8th and then into the 9th — down a run — looking defeat straight in the face — BOOM a home run to right center by Brett Gardner tied it and BOOM a home run to right center by Mike Ford won it — sending Yankee Fans and the Yankee bullpen into delirium.

Earlier, J.A. Happ pitched 6 shutout innings of 1 hit baseball. So everyone was a hero. Good vibes all around.

A’s starter Sean Manaea, in his first appearance of the season coming back from injury, matched Happ with 5 shutout 1 hit innings.

An Interesting Dull Controversy

Aaron Boone surprised everyone by bringing in September callup and former A’s pitcher Ryan Dull for the 7th. This had Yankee fans scrambling for more information as Dull is wearing an Oakland A’s hat on his ESPN and Baseball-Reference profile pictures. Had the Yankees called for a pitcher from the wrong bullpen? Dull was with the A’s three weeks ago, waived, and incredibly picked up and waived by the San Francisco Giants before being picked up by the Yankees a week later on August 14.

What cosmic screwup in the Yankee pitching reserves had made it so that the Yanks were banking on Dull in an important spot against a team they needed to beat? Yankee Twitter jumped all over manager Aaron Boone for this move as Dull allowed a double, walk, walk, double, groundout to make it 3-0 A’s. Was Dull a Trojan Horse? Was Aaron Boone dull? Was Aaron Boone a Trojan Horse?

Former Yankee Phil Hughes — who holds a key to the city for forever for helping the Yanks to the 2009 title — tried to calm Yankee Twitter Universe down with his take:

Down 3-0, Chance Adams pitched the 8th and allowed a homerun to Matt Olsen and it was 4-0.

With gloom and doom all around — the Yanks were about to lose for the 5th time in 6 games to the A’s — the Yankee bats went to work on Oakland’s bullpen in the 8th. Mike Tauchman walked, and luckily, the A’s put Lou Trivino in again. DJ LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge walked to load the bases with nobody out, then got a sac fly by Gleyber Torres and BIG 2-out, 2-RBI single by Didi Gregorius off Oakland ace reliever Liam Hendriks to make it 4-3 and set up the 9th inning heroics. Those 9th inning heroics also all came against Hendriks who came into the game with 17 saves and a 1.53 ERA (100 strikeouts in 70 innings).

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