Finally a Win! Volpe, Calhoun HR’s Key Comeback. NY 4 Cleveland 2

The Yankees finally won one!

NY had lost 7 of 9 coming in, to drop them to 15-15 in last place in the AL East. And in this one, Even the Yanks’ ace Gerrit Cole wasn’t turning the tide. While the Knicks were in a dogfight in their important Game 2 of their series against Miami, Tanner Bibee was shutting the Yankees out into the 5th — Cleveland had a 2-0 lead.

But then — the Yanks started a comeback with Anthony Volpe hitting a HR in the 6th, Anthony Rizzo singling in a run later in the 6th, and Willie Calhoun homering in the 7th to put the Yanks up 3-2. NY added an insurance run in the 8th on an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu and the bullpen of Ron Marinaccio, Wandy Peralta, and Michael King (closing) did it’s job. All while the Knicks were launching their own comeback in the 4th quarter to beat the Heat. A great night for Yankee and Knick fans.

“We’re fired up; I’m fired up,” said Gerrit Cole afterwards about the Volpe HR that woke up the Yankee offense. “We’re now tied for career homers. That will last for all about a month; he’s a good player. It was a good jolt for us and it was good for Willie to finish it off; he’s been grinding up there — put a great swing on a really competitive curveball with 2 strikes. And DJ adding a little insurance. It was a good offensive grind for us.”

NY improves to 16-15. Cleveland falls to 14-16. The Yanks are still in last, 8.5 behind Tampa.

1. Cole Pitched 6 Good Innings

Gerrit Cole came in with a 5-0 1.11 slash line, but the Guardians got to him in the 3rd — consecutive 1-out singles and a double by Josh Naylor made it Cleveland 1 NY 0. Cole walked a batter to load the bases, and a groundout by Gimenez made it 2-0 Cleveland.

After that Cole cruised through the 6th inning, leaving after 108 pitches. He gets no decision; his record now at 5-0 1.38.

2. Volpe HR

Anthony Volpe got to Bibee with a 1-out, opposite-field homer to right in the 6th. It was his 3rd homer of his career.

3. Rizzo RBI

Gleyber Torres followed with a double to send Bibee to the showers. Anthony Rizzo met relieverย James Karinchak with an RBI single and tie game.

4. Calhoun HR Puts NY Ahead

Willie Calhoun hit a SHOT to right off Karinchak with 1 out in the 7th and NY was up 3-2.

5. LeMahieu Insurance RBI

Anthony Volpe singled to lead off the 8th off Eli Morgan. Volpe then stole 2nd base, and with 2 outs stole 3rd base. DJ LeMahieu plated him with a 2-out single for an insurance run.

6. Bullpen Does It’s Job

Ron Marinaccio, Wandy Peralta, and Michael King pitched 3 shutout innings — King getting 2 outs in the 8th and pitching a shutout 9th for the old ballgame.


Volpe ended up 2-4 with the HR and 2 stolen bases; his average is now at .230 with a .336 OBP.

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