Yanks Into 1st Place w Come-from-Behind Walkoff — May 17, 2019: NY 4 Tampa 3

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.

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.

The Boxscore


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