Remember 10 years ago when the Yankees refused to lose? How they won a bunch of games on walk-offs? Yeah. They’re doing that again. Tonight Gio Urshela — who else — completed the comeback.
We’ll have a full recap shortly, but here are the highlights.
Winner of the Game
Down two runs in the ninth inning, the Yankees wasted little time mounting their comeback. A Luke Voit home run got things started. That turned into a bases loaded situation which then turned into a tie game, and before long, Urshela came to the plate with the chance to win the game. He powered a Jose Alvarado 99 mph fastball into center field for the win. Urshela is unreal right now.
Also, as a powerful switch hitter, one has to imagine that Kendrys Morales would enjoy Yankee Stadium. He nearly escaped it on Friday night, however, as the 35-year-old crushed a solo home run in the second inning that landed well into the upper deck. Per Statcast, the ball traveled 417 feet and had an exit velocity of 108 mph. I’d say that deserves the video treatment:
K̶n̶o̶w̶l̶e̶d̶g̶e̶ is power. Power is power. pic.twitter.com/8IlEkxfzDN— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 17, 2019
I’ll take more of those majestic dingers, please.
Honorable Mentions: CC Sabathia, Everyone involved in the ninth inning rally
Loser of the Game
Chad Green came on to pitch the eighth inning, and things didn’t go so well. He allowed two runs to score, the first coming on a pair of doubles. The second happened when Gleyber Torres threw away a groundball.
We should keep two things in mind:
- The first double off Green should have been out, as explained by James Smyth.
- The skies opened up and it began pouring rain, which puts Torres’ wild throw into perspective.
Nonetheless, the eighth inning was no fun at all.
Honorable Mentions: The 35-minute rain delay