Comeback. Harrison Bader 2-RBI Double Vaults Yanks. NY 5 Texas 3

The Yankees spotted the Texas Rangers an early 3-0 lead, then scored 2 in the 2nd and had a Clutch 3-run rally in the 8th to win the game 5-3, and take the 3-game series 2 games to 1 after having lost the 1st game.

Gerrit Cole wasn’t at his best, but rope-a-doped the Texas lineup into the 5th. The Yankee bullpen took it from there with 4.1 shutout innings by the secondary corps of Jimmy Cordero, Nick Ramirez, Ron Marinaccio, and Michael King with the save.

Harrison Bader got the game-winning hit — a HUGE 1-out double to left in the 8th to plate the tying and go-ahead runs from 1st and 2nd. Giancarlo Stanton then ripped an RBI single for a huge insurance run.

On a warm, humid Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium — thunderstorms hitting the NYC area all afternoon and threatening but somehow missing the Bronx.

Manager Aaron Boone felt Cole had good stuff. “Right out of the gate with Semien I thought he made a lot of good pitches, then he hangs him a slider,” said Boone. “But  I thought the shape of the slider was good; I thought his cutter was a factor today. I thought the life was there on the heater. They got to some pitches on him that were pretty well executed. They got some good swings off him. And of course they made him work really hard on a warm day. On not a perfect day he was able to hold the line and keep us there.”

NY improves to 43-35,, 9.5 behind Tampa, 5 behind Baltimore, and .5 ahead of Toronto. Texas falls to 47-30, in 1st in the West.

1. Cole Rope-a-Doped the Texas Lineup

Gerrit Cole allowed a run in the 1st inning, 2 runs in the 2nd, and was on the ropes all afternoon — but managed to keep Texas from scoring after that.

  1. Cole allowed a double (to Marcus Semien) and an RBI single (to Seager) to the 1st two batters in the game and just like that it was 1-0 Texas.
  2. Jonah Heim hit a MISSILE to right to lead off the 2nd and it was 2-0 Texas. Ezequiel Duran followed with a double and after a strikeout, Leody Taveras doubled in Duran and it was 3-0 with. Still only 1 out in the 2nd — it looked like it would be a long afternoon for Cole. But Cole got a strikeout and groundout to end the 2nd.
  3. Cole allowed a walk in the 3rd and then with 2 outs, Heim hit another SHOT off him — missing a homerun by 2 feet — the line drive ripping off the right-field wall 2 feet from the top, staying in play for a single instead of a 2-run homer. With 1st and 3rd, Cole got Robbie Grossman to fly out.
  4. In the 4th, Cole allowed a 1-out single to Taveras but Jose Trevino picked him off 1st.
  5. In the 5th, Cole allowed a 1-out double to Nathaniel Lowe but got a fly out and was a strike away from getting out of the inning, when Josh Jung hit a 2-2 pitch to right for a single. Lowe held at 3rd and Cole was gone with Heim due up.

Jimmy Cordero came in with 1st and 3rd, and got Heim to ground out to 3rd. Huge out.

2. Yanks Make It 3-2 vs Eovaldi

The Yankees meanwhile were up against old friend Nathan Eovaldi, who came in with a 9-2 2.96 record.

Down 3-0, NY got to him in the bottom of the 2nd — Giancarlo Stanton led off with a walk, Jake Bauers hit a double to center to put 2nd and 3rd — and DJ LeMahieu came up with a huge Double to right, scoring both runners.

Billy McKinney hit a grounder to advance LeMahieu to 3rd with 1 out, but Anthony Volpe didn’t get the job done of scoring the runner on an out — he struck out on a 2-2 fastball down the middle.

3. Yank Bullpen Holds the Fort

Jimmy Cordero got the first 2 outs of the 6th, but then allowed a walk and a single. Nick Ramirez came in and struck out Corey Seager. Ramirez then pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th.

Ron Marinaccio pitched a shutout 8th — allowing a 1-out double but getting the final out.

4. Yanks Rally in 8th

And then came the bottom of the 8th — time running out and NY down 3-2. Anthony Volpe made up for his strikeout in the 2nd by leading off with a Huge double to left off reliever John King.

Jose Trevino reached on an infield single between short and 3rd, but Gleyber Torres flied out and it was still 1st and 2nd, 1 out.

That’s when Harrison Bader ripped the RBI double to left, scoring both runners as the Yankees took the lead, 4-3.

Another look at the Bader double:

Next batter Giancarlo Stanton ripped a single to left and it was NY 5 Texas 3.


5. King the Save

Manager Aaron Boone noted the other day that the Yankees had found something in Michael King’s setup that they were correcting. King looked his old self on the mound in the 9th — strike out, flyout, single, and strikeout for the old ballgame.

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