The Yankee youngsters fueled 3 comebacks to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 in the misty rain at a near empty Yankee Stadium on an unexpected Monday afternoon game, a last-minute makeup due to Saturday’s rainout.
The Yankees were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, but the game was important to Arizona, who are barely hanging onto a Wild Card spot in the West.
Arizona pulled ahead 3 times and 3 times Yankee youngsters fueled a come back:
- Austin Wells hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to tie the game 2-2,
- Oswald Peraza hit a solo homer in the 7th to tie the game 3-3, and
- Oswald Peraza walked with bases loaded to tie the game in the 8th, Estevan Florial hit a sac fly to put NY ahead, and Everson Pereira singled in an insurance run to make it 6-4.
“Just really good at bats; exciting day; exciting to see our young guys really have an impact,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “And again the Diamondbacks are playing for a lot.”
NY improves to 79-77, in 4th place and now a full 3 games ahead of Boston. Arizona falls to 82-74, tied with the Cubs who are both holding onto one of the 2 final Wild Card spots, each a game ahead of Miami.
1. Schmidt Good
Clarke Schmidt pitched good in the rain. He had trouble in the 1st inning, allowing 2 runs when it was raining fairly steadily, then got better and pitched shutout ball as it let up into a light mist in the 2nd thru 4th innings.
After that the rain settled down to a mist and Schmidt settled down to pitch shutout innings in the 2nd through 4th.
“As the game went on, at least when I was throwing, it became easier,” said Schmidt afterwards. “The 1st inning was really tough when the rain was coming down a little bit harder — 1st and 2nd inning. And then after that I got a good feel for it and the elements settled down as far as the rain fall.”
“Take away the 1st inning — I think we made a bad pitch selection to Thomas; maybe could have gone to our breaking stuff earlier and try to get a swing and miss — other than that I thought I was really good,” said Schmidt afterwards. “Inducing a lot of weak contact. I thought I was around the zone a lot today. Even the walks were competitive. I thought I was good and it’s good to come away with the win.”
2. Wells Ties It with 2-Run Homer
Arizona started Merrill Kelly. The Yanks almost got to him in the bottom of the 1st in the rain — DJ LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge walked. But Gleyber Torres struck out and Austin Wells smoked one — but to second for an inning-ending double play.
Then the rain let up and Kelly got better too, holding a shutout until the bottom of the 4th when Gleyber Torres led off with a double and Austin Wells rocked one 408 feet to center for a 2-2 tie.
“Wells has gotten better and better as we’ve gone,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Today you see why you get excited about him as a hitter — that level of at bat that he was putting together today.”
3. Weissert Good; Ramirez Done In by Carroll
Greg Weissert pitched the 5th and 6th shutout ball, but Nick Ramirez got in trouble in the top of the 7th — allowing a leadoff single to Corbin Carroll — who stole 2nd base and came around to score on a single by Gabriel Moreno.
Corbin Carroll is rocking 25-74-.288 (.363) with 51 stolen bases and only 5 times caught. He’s a 23-year-old left fielder and some on Yankee Twitter were saying they wish Anthony Volpe was hitting like him.
Ian Hamilton came in to get the last 2 outs of the inning.
4. Peraza Ties It with Solo Homer
With the Yanks down 3-2, Oswald Peraza led off the bottom of the 7th against Ryan Thompson with a ROCKET 443-foot homer to left center and a 3-3 tie.
5. Carroll Gets to Hamilton in 8th
Hamilton struck out Geraldo Perdomo looking on a 3-2 pitch that just hit the top of the zone — to complaints from the Arizona dugout — but Corbin Carroll singled to left and it was 4-3 Arizona.
Carroll ended up 3 for 5 in the game, with the stolen base, RBI and run scored.
6. Yank Youngsters Win It with 3-Run 8th
But the Yankee youngsters came right back against Kevin Ginkel in the bottom of the 8th.
Gleyber Torres — hit machine — led off with a single, and Austin Wells — hit machine — singled to right. Anthony Volpe walked to load the bases with nobody out.
- Oswaldo Cabrera struck out, but Oswald Peraza worked a 3-2 walk to tie the game!
- Estevan Florial then did his job, hitting a clutch sac fly to left for a 4-3 Yankee lead.
- Everson Pereira then added an insurance run, ripping a single to center on a 2-0 pitch for a 6-4 game.
7. Holmes Filthy
Clay Holmes was Filthy in the 9th — striking out Tommy Phan, striking out Christian Walker, and getting Alek Thomas to ground out back to him for the old ballgame.