Yankee Passion Play — Aug 17, 2019: NY 6 Cleveland 5

The Yankees won this game with PASSION — and the home run bats of DJ LeMahieu, Didi Gregorius, and Gleyber Torres (who hit 2 home runs), some decent staring pitching from James Paxton, and another excellent performance by the bullpen.


Paxton had his usual horrible 1st inning — walk, double, single for 2 runs, walk — but then settled down and pitched through the 5th. He got the first two outs of the 5th, but then ran into trouble again — double, walk, single, single — for 2 Cleveland runs and a tie game at 4-4.

What was interesting about that 5th inning double, walk, single, single — was that it came against the Indians’ top of the order — SS Francisco Lindor, leftfielder Oscar Mercado, 1st baseman Carlos Santana, and rightfielder Yasiel Puig — the 3rd time they saw Paxton. Katie Sharp pointed out that “opponents vs Paxton 3rd time thru order entering today: .341/.402/.591.”

Yankee Passion

Aaron Boone felt he was squeezed by the ump in that inning, and had he not — would have pitched longer in the game. This boiled over in the 6th, when Cameron Maybin was called out on strikes — Boone was tossed from the game for getting on the umpire from the dugout; shortly afterwards, Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia were tossed too.

Jomboy did a great job reading lips as usual.

Gardner was thrown out for banging the ceiling of the dugout again with his bat, same as a few games ago. Boone had this to say about the Yankee Passion and the missed calls by the home plate up — a AAA umpire recently called up — after the game:

Yankee Bats

In between all of that, the Yankee bats did the talking. Mike Tauchman singled in a run in the 2nd, and DJ LeMahieu singled in Thairo Estrada in the 3rd to tie the score (and wen to 2nd on a throwing error by leftfielder Oscar Mercado). Didi Gregorius hit a majestic homerun to lead off the 4th, and Gleyber Torres followed with a homer to give the Yanks a 4-2 lead.

After Cleveland tied it in the top of the 5th, DJ LeMahieu immediately put the Yanks back on top 5-4 with a homer in the bottom of the 5th, and Gleyber Torres gave the Yanks an insurance run in the 6th with a homer to make it 6-4.

Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle pitched shutout innings. But Zack Britton allowed a double, single and run on a wild pitch to lead off the 8th, making it 6-5. He got a groundout and double play to end the inning.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a rare 1-2-3 9th for the save.

The Boxscore


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