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Yankees 6, Padres 7: Late rally not enough to overcome Nathan Eovaldi's struggles

A bad game for the Yankees very nearly turned into a good one.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Coming into this game, Nathan Eovaldi has been struggling. However, San Diego is a pitcher's park. The Padres aren't a particularly good team. He had a chance to turn things around. If he is to turn things around, it's going to have to wait another couple days. The Padres shelled Eovaldi, knocking him out in the fifth inning. He also didn't get much help from the offense, which had struggled all night. But suddenly in the ninth inning, they nearly erased a five-run deficit, Keyword there being "nearly", the rally came up one run short and the Padres got a 7-6 win.

After the Yankees stranded some runners in the first, the Padres took the lead pretty early in the bottom half of the inning. Wil Myers drew a one-out walk off Eovaldi. After Matt Kemp flew out, Yangervis Solarte singled. With two on and two out, Melvin Upton Jr. singled, scoring Myers. Derek Norris then added a double, scoring two more runs. That gave the Padres an early 3-0 lead.

The Yankees struck back in the top of the second. Didi Gregorius continued his hot hitting, leading off the inning with a single. After Aaron Hicks and Eovaldi were both retired, a Jacoby Ellsbury single scored Gregorius, who had moved to second on a passed ball. Ellsbury did steal second during the next at bat, but Brett Gardner couldn't bring him home. However, the Yankees did cut their deficit to two runs.

The Padres would get that run back pretty quickly, though. Ryan Schimpf led off the bottom of the second with a home run, making it 4-1.

Eovaldi briefly settled down after that (as much as you can settle having given up four runs), but San Diego got to him again in the fifth. Travis Jankowski led off the inning with a single. Myers followed that with a home run, extending the Padres' lead to five runs. After Solarte got a double to drop in, Eovaldi would be taken out of the game. He went just 4.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. He wasn't great.

After Connor Mullee got out of Eovaldi's jam, the Yankees got a run back in the sixth. Brian McCann hit a solo home run, making it 6-2 Padres.

In the bottom of the sixth, Mullee got a ground out and walked Schimpf before having to come out of the game with an injury. Richard Bleier replaced him. In the seventh, a combination of hits, a McCann error, and a McCann passed ball allowed the Padres to tack on another run.

After the McCann home run, it looked like the Yankees' offense was done for the night. Then the ninth inning happened. McCann walked. Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch. A pinch-hitting Alex Rodriguez drove home a run with a single. Gregorius then scored another run with a double. They then scored another run on an Hicks' ground out. A wild pitch scored yet another run, and a Carlos Beltran double put the tying run in scoring position. However, that's where the rally stopped. Ellsbury grounded out to get Beltran 90 feet away, but Brett Gardner grounder out to end the game.

The Yankees nearly pulled off one of the craziest rallies in recent memory, but in the end, it fell just short. The Padres took the series opened 7-6.

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