The Yankees spent most of Tuesday night playing sloppy baseball, and looked as if they were going to kick away a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Thanks to a rain delay, it took nearly four hours for New York and Seattle to reach the the ninth inning with the Mariners in possession of a 4-2 lead. From there, the Yankees snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, on the backs of several of their unheralded replacement players. It was a shocking win, emblematic of the season’s first six weeks.
Winner of the Game
For the first seven-plus innings, this choice looked like it would be a tough one, simply because there just weren’t many appealing options. Then, the ninth inning happened, so we’ll go with the one and only Gio Urshela. Urshela has been one of the most surprising heroes of this young season in the Bronx, and he shook off an error in the eighth inning to rock a game-tying homer in the bottom of the final frame. He also picked up a double in a multi-hit effort. In a stunning season from Urshela, this was his most stunning (and thrilling) moment.
Honorable mention: DJ LeMahieu deserves credit, of course, for providing the knock-out blow, as does Cameron Maybin, who recorded two more hits and scored the winning run with a nifty slide around Omar Narvaez.
Loser of the Game
Clint Frazier was only playing his second game back off the IL, and he did not fare well. He let a lazy fly ball drop between him and Brett Gardner early in the game, and he committed an error in the seventh inning, gifting the Mariners a pair of baserunners. Masahiro Tanaka was left aghast both times.