Newly acquired Joey Gallo electrified Yankee Stadium with a clutch 3-run homer in the 7th with 2 outs to turn a 3-2 deficit to Seattle into a 5-3 win — his first homer as a Yankee and his 1st signature Yankee moment.
1. Cortes Jr. Pitched Like an Ace
Nestor Cortes Jr. has been terrific as an emergency starter the last month — filling in while so many Yank pitchers are out (Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery on the COVID IL, Domingo German out with shoulder tightness, Michael King on the 60-day DL, and Cory Kluber out for months after pitching the no hitter).
Yankee Twitter has whimsically dubbed Cortes an ace — and he pitched like an ace again in this game — motoring through the Seattle lineup — allowing 2 runs in 5 innings — which is maybe what an ace on a so-so day would do.
- In the 3rd, a single, walk, sacrifice, and sac fly (by Mitch Haniger) plated a run to make it 1-1.
- In the 4th, Cortes allowed a homer to 3rd baseman Kyle Seager to give Seattle a 2-1 lead.
2. Yanks Small-Balled Early Runs
The Yanks got 2 runs off 6’2 lefty Tyler Anderson — a single (by Giancarlo Stanton), double (by Joey Gallo) and sac fly by Gleyber Torres put the Yanks ahead 1-0 in the 2nd, and a double (by Joey Gall0), strikeout, single (by Rougned Odor) and groundout by Kyle Higashioka plated a run in the 4th to tie the game 2-2.
On the board in the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/VNizAm6Blu
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 5, 2021
4. Green Gives It Up
Chad Green was brilliant earlier in the season but has been susceptible to homerun balls lately. He was brought in for the top of the 7th in the 2-2 tie and gave up a 343-foot homer to Jarred Kelenic to the short porch in right on an 83-MPH curveball.
5. Gallo Game Winner
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Los Angeles sent Sewald out and he struck out DJ LeMahieu and got Anthony Rizzo on a fly. But with 2 outs, Aaron Judge singled and Giancarlo Stanton singled — bringing Joey Gallo to the plate.
Gallo hit a 1-0 slider for a towering fly to right that just made it into the short porch for a 5-3 Yankee lead and his first Signature Yankee moment — electrifying Yankee Stadium.
You say goodbye and I say Gallo. pic.twitter.com/iDeE8BkfKm
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 6, 2021
6. Chapman Roller Coaster
Chapman got a groundout, walk, strikeout, infield single — to make it 1st and 3rd, 2 out — tying run at 1st, winning run at the plate — when Haniger hit a fly to DEEP LEFT …. that was caught by Gallo for the final out.
Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeeeee Yankees win!
A thrill a moment. Chapman is a thrill a moment! pic.twitter.com/AnIiQko7m2
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) August 6, 2021