The Yankees came so close to winning this game. Justin Wilson struck out Robbie Grossman — final batter of the game — and the Yankees won in 10 innings, 3-2. But no — the umpire called what looked like the final strike — a ball. And on the next pitch, Robbie Grossman hit a homerun to right field, just over the fence. Ballgame Tigers.
As The Short Porch covered:
This was not called a strike and would have ended the game… unreal pic.twitter.com/Z96NkBWi6z
— The Short Porch (@short_porch) May 29, 2021
Just like that.
1. Yankees Wasted a Good Start from Cole
Gerrit Cole pitched 6 innings of 1 run baseball. He allowed 3 straight singles after 1 was out in the 3rd for a run, but then got a double play to end the inning and pitched shutout ball the next 3 innings.
Cole struck out 5, walked 1, and allowed 6 hits. He didn’t have his best stuff, but turned in a good start nonetheless.
2. Mize Pitches Well for Detroit
But the score was 1-1 as Detroit’s starter, Casey Mize, pitched well also: 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 7 strikeouts.
Mize is not apparently related to Johnny Mize — the all-time great NY Giants hitter; although the two share a facial resemblance, aka they look alike.
3. Odor Homer
The Yanks tied the game 1-1 on a homerun by Rougned Odor in the 5th. Odor went 4 for 5 on the day to raise his average to .198. (Not a typo.)
Odor's Hammer. pic.twitter.com/0N7TP2yrGN
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 29, 2021
4. Yanks Had Chances in 8th and 9th
Lost in the wind was a Gio Urshela groundout to 3rd with 1 out in the 8th off Michael Fulmer, where it looked like Gio was safe at 1st. The next two batters — Gleyber Torres and Odor — singled before the final out was made.
The Yankees put a runner on 3rd in the 9th with only 1 out — Miguel Andujar singled, and Tyler Wade ran for him — getting to 2nd and then to 3rd on two wild pitches by Gregory Soto.
Giancarlo Stanton stepped up — a sac fly would put the Yanks ahead. But Stanton struck out for the 2nd out, and Aaron Judge ended the inning by striking out.
It was Giancarlo Stanton‘s first game back after a stay on the 10-day IL. He went 0-5 and struck out 4 times.
5. Extra Inning Run
The Yanks placed Aaron Judge on 2nd to start the 10th (crazy COVID rules) and he came around to score on a wild pitch — putting NY in position to win if Justin Wilson could have gotten that final call (above).
Wilson did a good job initially in the bottom of the 10th, getting a short flyout to not advance the runner, and then a groundout. And then apparently struck out Grossman for the Yank win but no…
Aaron Judge got 2 more hits and is batting .310 (.406 OBP).
The Yankees got 11 hits and 2 walks. But 11 were left on base.
Wandy Peralta, Chad Green, and Aroldis Chapman all pitched shutout innings for the Yanks.
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