After playing so well to start the season, the month of June has not been kind to the Yankees. They had an awful roadtrip, dropping back-to-back series against Toronto and Cleveland. Additionally, they were forced to place Domingo German on the injured list, and had to push Masahiro Tanaka back because of the birth of his child. The Yankees had no choice but to go with a bullpen game today, and things got real shaky in the sixth. Aroldis Chapman wasn’t able to close things out in the ninth, and the game went to extra innings. Fortunately, they were able to hang on for the win.
Winner of the Game
Clint Frazier was great offensively against his former team today. The outfielder singled, doubled off the wall, and walked. Most importantly, he came up to bat with the bases loaded in the ninth and hit a sac fly to break up the tie. He also got caught stealing, but that’s a story for a different day.
Tied up—again—in the tenth, Cameron Maybin doubled off the bottom of the wall, and Aaron Hicks drove him in to give the Yankees the lead once and for all. Shoutout to Stephen Tarpley for picking up the first save of his career and striking out the side to end the game.
Loser of the Game
The bullpen game was going swimmingly for the Yankees until the sixth started and Tommy Kahnle happened. He gave up a leadoff home run to Leonys Martin, an RBI single, and a two-run homer to Mike Freeman. That put Cleveland all the way back in the game.
Honorable Mention: Adam Ottavino, Didi Gregorius