The New York Yankees five-game losing streak has finally come to end and just in time, as the Toronto Blue Jays continue winning.
With tonight’s win in Cleveland, the Yankees avoid a second straight series sweep and head to Toronto tomorrow a half game behind the American League East-leading Blue Jays.
While Tuesday night’s game saw the Yankees’ bats gain a spark, tonights bats finally came alive as the Yanks poured on eight runs. Tonight’s match also saw the major league debut of prospect Greg Bird.
The Yankees sent Nathan Eovaldi, their winningest pitcher this season, to the mound to stop the bleeding. As always, the Yankees gave Eovaldi the run support he has become accustomed to, scoring three runs in the first inning on a Brian McCann three-run homer (20).
The Yankees added another run in the second inning with a solo home run from Stephen Drew, his 15th of the season.
Taking a 4-0 lead into the third, Eovaldi found himself in some trouble when he gave up a sac-fly to Michael Brantley that scored Giovanny Urshela. The Tribe added another run in the inning with an RBI single from Carlos Santana.
But the Yankees quickly answered back in the fourth inning, adding two runs thanks to Brett Gardner and Drew RBI doubles.
Gardner added another run in the sixth to give the Yankees a 7-2, but the Indians were able to cut the lead again as Eovaldi ran into more trouble and gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
In the seventh, Dellin Betances made his usual early appearances but with the bases loaded, a wild pitch allowed the Indians to cut the lead to 7-5.
With a two-run lead, Betances was back in the eighth to pitch but luckily had another run tacked on thanks to another Gardner RBI.
Looking to finally get the Yankees a win and fresh of his first blown save of the year, Andrew Miller came in for the ninth inning and gave Yankees’ fans a scare when he gave up a single to Yan Gomes which scored Franciso Lindor. With the lead cut down to two, Miller was able to close out the game, recording his 25th save of the year.
Yankees rookie Greg Bird was unable to get his first major league hit, going 0-5 but did have two good almost hits early in the game.
For the first night in a few games, the Yankees’ offense finally looked rejuvenated. The teams one and two hitters, Jacoby Ellsbury and Gardner, were able to get their offense going as they added two and three hits, respectively. Unfortunately, Alex Rodriguez continues his mini-slump as he went 0-4 last night, striking out once.
The Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound tomorrow in Toronto as the Yanks look to take back their AL East lead.
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