We’ll have a full recap up shortly. In the meantime, here are today’s highlights:
Winner of the Game
Tyler Wade led off the sixth inning with a double against Tanner Houck. That doesn’t sound terribly exciting out of context, but up until that point, the Yankees hadn’t recorded a single hit. In fact, it would be their only hit until Luke Voit led off the ninth inning with a solo homer over the monster—his league-leading 21st on the season.
The real winner, though, at least for entertainment’s sake, is Erik Kratz. The backup, backup catcher and part-time first baseman got to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning. He allowed a solo homer to J.D. Martinez, which is exactly what one expects to happen in that situation, but he also unleashed a nasty knuckleball.
Knuckleballer ERIK KRATZ on the mound. pic.twitter.com/BIo5Mgcs9z— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 20, 2020
Might as well have a little fun with this game, right?
Loser of the Game
Deivi García turned in the first clunker of his young career. Now he’s a real big-leaguer. Happens to everyone. The 21-year-old allowed six runs on eight hits over three innings, striking out two and walking one. He gave up two homers to Michael Chavis, as well. With his bulldog mentality, I’m not one bit worried about him. He’ll probably go out there in five days (depending on the rotation alignment ahead of the postseason) and shove.
Honorable Mention: The Yankees’ bullpen minus Erik Kratz, the lineup minus Voit and Wade