For much of the day, it was the Yankees' pitching that impressed. Adam Warren was okay. Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances both looked really good. Luis Severino had his moments. Even James Pazos, Wilking Rodriguez and Jared Burton looked decent. It was the collection of nice pitching outings that allowed the Yankees' eighth inning rally to hold up and give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the Nationals.
Warren got the start on the mound for the Yankees but his day got off to a bad start when he allowed a home run to Michael Taylor on the very first pitch of the game. That was the only run Warren would surrender, but he allowed four hits in his three innings.
In the bottom of the second the Yankees picked up their first hit when Alex Rodriguez managed to just drop one in between two Nationals in right field. The ball just stayed fair and bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double. The Yankees couldn't bring him home, but they would get on the board an inning later. Jose Pirela led off the inning with a double. Nick Noonan then grounded out, moving Pirela to third. After Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out, Brett Gardner hit one to Ian Desmond at short. Desmond made the play, but his throw was off and late anyway. Pirela scored and game was tied at one.
The Yankees took the lead an inning later. Brian McCann led off the inning with a single. After Rodriguez and Garrett Jones couldn't do anything, Chris Young reached after a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen. That moved McCann to third and brought Pirela up. The Yankees then scored their second run much like how they scored the first. Pirela hit one to short. Desmond made the play, but his thrown was late and the run scored. That made it 2-1 Yankees.
Miller replaced Warren. Both he and Betances had nice, impressive outings before Severino came in to pitch the sixth. He allowed a hit but struck out two in his first inning. He came back out for a second inning and after getting one strike out, he would get in some trouble. He walked Tony Gwynn Jr. and then allowed a single to Wilmer Difo. Aaron Judge, who was now playing right field, misfielded the ball, allowing Gwynn to go to third and Difo to second. After that, Severino would be replaced by James Pazos. Severino went 1.1 innings, striking out three, allowing one hit and one walk.
Pazos got Derrick Robinson to ground one softly down the first base line and he made a nice play to get the out at second. A run would score on the play however and the game was tied at two.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees would re-take the lead. With two outs in the inning, Kyle Roller kept the inning alive with a single up the middle. That brought Judge to the plate. Judge made up for his earlier mistake by hitting a single that moved Roller to third. Cole Figueroa then added a third straight single. That scored Roller and made it 3-2.
Jared Burton came in to pitch the ninth to try and finish off the game. He did so without much trouble as the Yankees picked up a 3-2 win over the Nationals.
The Yankees will take on the Rays tomorrow at Steinbrenner Field in a game start at 1:05 eastern. Michael Pineda is expected to get the start and the game will air live on YES.