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The Yankees won the most ridiculous baseball game seen in years

I usually try to avoid doing game recaps because there are 162 games in the MLB season and it would be extremely repetitive, but this was one of the more ridiculous games I’ve ever seen.  The Yankees were down 8-2 at one point tonight and came back to take the lead, gave it up, took the lead again, gave it up again, and took the lead again.  It’s most certainly recency bias, but this was one of the craziest games in the past decade.

 

Game Recap

Where to start.  Well to start, Didi Gregorius needs to retroactively become a 2019 All-Star based off of his performance alone tonight.  He started out the Yankees with a two run double in the first.  Domingo German was absolutely terrible tonight.  After giving up an RBI single in the second, he gave up back to back home runs to Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz.

After giving up two more runs in the fourth, German gave up a walloping home run to Miguel Sano, which gave the Twins an 8-2 lead.  The game looked to be all but over but the Savage Yankees had other plans.  Didi Gregorius chipped away at the lead with a three-run home run.

The Twins got a run back in the fifth off a Jorge Polanco double to up the lead to 9-5.  Mike Tauchman continued to swing a scorching bat and doubled home Gleyber Torres.  Tauchman’s double didn’t miss being a home run by much, but Aaron Judge upped the ante by hitting one off the top of the wall in right centerfield for another RBI double.  The stage was set for Didi Gregorius to deliver again, and he did.  Didi’s double was made possible thanks to an incredible walk by Luke Voit to keep the inning alive.

His two run double gave the Yankees a 10-9 lead and completed the six run comeback in the eighth inning.  The Yankees looked to be cruising as they had their top guns Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman coming out of the pen, but that wasn’t the case.  Britton made one bad pitch and Miguel Sano drove it to the moon as his two-run homer gave the Twins a 11-10 lead.

The Yankees looked to be done in the ninth but Mike Tauchman worked a fantastic walk and Aaron Hicks took the first pitch of his at-bat and drove it right into the visitor’s bullpen.  Hicks’ home run gave the Yankees a 12-11 lead with Aroldis Chapman coming in to close out the game.

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Woof.  Chapman had absolutely nothing going tonight, as ten of his first 13 pitches were balls.  He walked the bases loaded and blew the save by giving up a sac fly.  By some miracle he was able to get Nelson Cruz to fly out and Eddie Rosario to pop up to Didi Gregorius.

Didi (of course) started off the tenth with a single.  Austin Romine followed that with a single and one of the most clutch players on the Yankees, the young Gleyber Torres, ripped a single on a 3-0 pitch into right centerfield.  Didi was able to score, and Romine was able to advance home on a wild pitch to give the Yankees a bit of a cushion.

Things got even more interesting after that.  Adam Ottavino struck out Miguel Sano but was unable to get out of the inning due to walking the bases loaded.  Didi and Torres made an incredible web gem play when a ball was ripped up the middle.  Didi dove for the ball, flipped it over his head to Torres who stepped on second but was unable to get the game ending double play.

Ottavino came out after another walk and Chad Green came in to try and save the game (both literally and figuratively).  It seemed like no one wanted to win this game.  Green threw a 2-1 pitch that Max Kepler ripped into the left field gap.  Then this happened;

Aaron “Superman” Hicks made one of the greatest catches in recent memory to end what was an absolutely wild game.  He had a beat on the ball the entire time but had to cover almost an entire third of the outfield to dive for that ball.  Somehow, someway his outstretched arms and leap were just enough to get the ball to his glove, where he dove and came up fired up.  The Yankees won 14-12 in what can only be described as absolutely bananas.

 

Game Notes

  • Gary Sanchez is snakebitten.  He had two hits taken away from him by Jorge Polanco and tweaked his groin while running out a hotshot to third.  He was replaced by Austin Romine in the game and will most likely miss time due to the injury
  • Didi Gregorius had seven RBIs for the second time in his career.  He is the first Yankee to do so.  He went 5-for-5 in this game
  • Gleyber Torres is now batting .416 with RISP, second on the team only to D.J. Lemahieu
  • Aaron Hicks had probably his best game as a Yankee.  Between the home run to extend the game and the game-saving catch, you can’t ask for much more especially against his former team
  • One of the biggest controversies in this game (which didn’t mean much in the long run) was whether or not Aaron Boone should have taken Aroldis Chapman out of the game before he gave up the tying run.  Chapman had zero control and lower velocity than normal.  It’s hard to say what the right move would be but with Adam Ottavino waiting in the pen, Boone should have pulled the trigger

 

As mentioned before, it’s hard to do game recaps for every game but when crazy nights like this come up, there needs to be a recap.  Make sure to watch tomorrow’s game on YES at 8:10 PM as the Yankees finish up their series with the Twins.

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