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.
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.