Tampa was playing the outfield in on Gio Urshela with 2 out in the 9th and runners on 2nd and 3rd in a tie game. And Gio Urshela hit a line drive over the right fielder’s head giving the Yankees a come-from-behind, walk-off win — NY 4 Tampa 3. It moved the Yanks ahead of Tampa into 1st place by a half game.
The Yanks entered the 9th inning down 3-1, up against Tampa closer Jose Alvarado, who entered with a 1.04 ERA and only 8 hits allowed in 17.1 innings, with 26 strikeouts. Luke Voit led off with a homerun,
Voit’s homer was immediately followed by a big single by Gary Sanchez put the tieing run in motion. Kendrys Morales struck out but Gleyber Torres hit one that looked like a game-winning homerun, but was actually a double off the wall — the optics on it fooled everyone watching on TV and even those live like John Sterling on the radio.
With 2nd and 3rd, 1 out — Tampa intentionally walked Clint Frazier to load the bases, but then Alvarez threw a wild pitch to tie the game!
With the Tampa infield and the outfield playing in, Cameron Maybin grounded into a force at home. Up stepped Urshela with 2 outs, winning run at 3rd. Tampa put the infield back to normal depth but kept the outfield in. And then the Urshela line drive to right over the outfielder’s head.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 18, 2019
Sabathia Was Sharp
Earlier in the game, CC Sabathia was aces through 6 innings, and left with a 1-1 tie. Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle pitched shutout relief, but then Chad Green ran into some bad defense and a double — to give Tampa a 3-1 lead. Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless 9th and ended up getting the win.
Kendrys Morales gave the Yanks an early 1-0 lead with his first homer as a Yankee, a MONSTER blast to right.
K̶n̶o̶w̶l̶e̶d̶g̶e̶ is power. Power is power. pic.twitter.com/8IlEkxfzDN
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 17, 2019