Yanks Ruin Volpe’s Clutch, Game-Tying 3-Run HR. Detroit 4 NY 3 in 10

Anthony Volpe with a 2-out, game-tying, 3-run homer in the 9th.

Anthony Volpe hit a clutch, 2 out, 9th inning, 3-run homer to tie the game 3-3 !

And then the Yanks lost in the 10th when Gleyber Torres threw a double-play ball away.

Jonathan Loaisiga had come in for the 10th with the inherited runner on 2nd and did all he could — getting an easy grounder to shortstop to freeze the runner at 2nd, then intentionally walking a batter to setup the double play. Loaisiga then got a comebacker to him — he threw to Gleyber at 2nd — a little low to the right but easily catch-able — Gleyber caught it, stepped on the bag, and threw wild to 1st allowing the winning run to score.

Earlier, Clarke Schmidt had pitched a pretty good game, but was undone by poor infield defense in the 5th inning. Gleyber Torres bobbled a doubleplay grounder — only getting the out at 1st, and a few plays later Anthony Volpe wasn’t in proper position on 2nd base to receive a throw from Gleyber who knocked down a liner — the two plays giving Detroit 2 extra outs in the inning, leading to 2 additional Tiger runs.

Thus the Yankees waste an opportunity to sweep the 4-game set against the Tigers and build some real momentum. On a Thursday afternoon in Detroit.

“We just couldn’t mount much on the day,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Great finish there in the 9th inning; disappointing we couldn’t finish it off. Tough one to lose.”

NY falls to 65-69, 10.5 behind the Wild Card. Detroit improves to 60-74.

1. Schmidt Good, Undone by Yankee D

Clarke Schmidt pitched well but was undone by Yankee defense in the 5th inning. He had a shutout going when Zack Short led off the 5th with a homer to left to make it 1-0 Detroit.

Gleyber’s D Hurts Schmidt in 5th

Schmidt then walked catcher Carson Kelly, but got a double play grounder to Gleyber Torres at 2nd. Unfortunately Gleyber bobbled the grounder and was only able to get the out at 1st.

Instead of 2 outs nobody on, it was 1 out, runner on 2nd — and he was plated on a single by next batter Riley Greene.

Volpe’s D Hurts Yanks in 5th

Next batter Andy Ibanez hit a liner towards 2nd that Gleyber was able to knock down while diving, and toss to Anthony Volpe — but Volpe was not on 2nd base as he should have been — and another out was coughed up to Detroit.

Schmidt got Spencer Torkelson to foul out for the 2nd out — which should have been the 4th out — and then Kerry Carpenter ripped an RBI single to center for a 3-0 Detroit lead.

2. Manning Better

Meanwhile Matt Manning, the 25-year-old, 6’6 righty who entered with a 5-4 3.93 record, shut down the Yanks like he was Cy Young, with a little help by Yankee baserunners.

Manning pitched 6 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks.

  • DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a walk, but Manning struck out the next 3 batters.
  • Jake Bauers got a 1-out single in the 2nd, but was thrown out trying to steal.
  • Manning retired the Yanks 1-2-3 in the 3rd.
  • In the 4th, Anthony Volpe led off with a double, but was picked off 2nd.
  • Manning retired the Yanks 1-2-3 in the 5th, but
  • In the 6th, Oswaldo Cabrera led off with a walk, and after a fly out, DJ LeMahieu fouled off a ball in front of the plate — and catcher Kelly tagged LeMahieu and threw out Cabrera at 2nd for a double play.

3. Yankee Bullpen Holds Fort

The Yankee bullpen meanwhile, held fort.

  • Keynan Middleton relieved Schmidt and got the final out of the 5th, then pitched a shutout 6th.
  • Tommy Kahnle pitched a shutout 7th.
  • Albert Abreu wiggled out of an 8th inning where he allowed a 1-out grounds-rule double to Meadows, then walked 2 batters to load the bases with 1 out –but struck out Zach McKinstry and Greene to end the inning!

4. Volpe’s Clutch 2-Out, 9th-Inning, 3-Run HR

And then to the 9th, against Tiger reliever Alex Lange.

Oswaldo Cabrera reached on a bunt single to leadoff. Kyle Higashioka struck out but DJ LeMahieu singled, putting the tying run at the plate — Gleyber Torres and Anthony Volpe — whose defensive misques in the 2nd had hurt NY.

Gleyber hit into a fielder’s choice to 3rd.

Two outs. Volpe took a strike, and then hit a 96-MPH sinker to opposite field right for a game-tying, 3-run homer!

5. Holmes Holds Court

After Volpe’s homer tied it with 2 outs in the top of the 9th, Clay Holmes pitched the bottom of the 9th — and threw a 1-2-3 inning — ground out, strikeout, strikeout.

6. The Final Play

Top of the 10th the Yanks could not advance the inherited runner: pinch hitter Aaron Judge grounded out to shortstop, Oswald Peraza lined out to left, and Everson Pereira struck out.

And then came the bottom of the 10th, as described at the top of the article — Loaisiga doing a great job to keep the inherited runner at 2nd, then getting the comeback double play ball, but Gleyber throwing it away.

Manager Aaron Boone challenged the play — saying Gleyber was interfered with — afterwards Boone said he only did that out of desperation.


  • Before the game Harrison Bader was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds and Josh Donaldson was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers — two clubs in the playoff race, while the Yanks are not. Cincinnati is 1 game back of the Wild Card. If the Yankees were in the National League, they’d only be 4.5 behind the Wild Card even after this game’s loss.

More from Bader after he found out he’d be heading to Cincinnati:

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