Yanks Go Yard Recap: New York Yankees Late Rally Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive


Sep 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher

J.R. Murphy

(66) congratulates pitcher

Mariano Rivera

(42) after a save against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. New York defeated Toronto 4-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one trait about the New York Yankees in 2013 have it’s that they keep fighting. Even though they were extremely flat for seven innings, something clicked in the eighth, and that switch gave the Yankees a huge win over the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 4-3.

Phil Hughes got the start, and as usual he was on a short leash. The game was scoreless until the fourth. Brett Lawrie doubled, and two batters later, Colby Rasmus hit his 22nd homer. That was it for Hughes, as David Huff came in. Ryan Goins added his first major league homer to make it 3-0.

The Yankees couldn’t get anything going until the eighth of J.A. Happ. Brendan Ryan led off the inning with a ground-rule double to knock him out of the game. Aaron Loup entered and was greeted by a Curtis Granderson single. After a strikeout, Robinson Cano made it 3-1 with a single. Alfonso Soriano followed with a game tying double, and scored when Vernon Wells followed him with a double of his own.

Mariano Rivera had to put out the fire in the eighth and started one in the ninth. Adam Lind and Rasmus reached on singles and Munenori Kawasaki bunted the runners to second and third. Goins would ground out and JP Arencibia would strike out to end the game.

YGY Player Of The Game: Wells

The rubber game is tomorrow at 7:07. Hiroki Kuroda will face Todd Redmond.

Notes: Boone Logan threw a bullpen and had no issues. He could be available Friday.