Yankees: Miguel Andujar drives in Jonathan Holder for game-winning run as backwards 2020 season continues
The Yankees finally won a game thanks to Miguel Andujar’s bat in extras.
Even the victories for the New York Yankees are painful and bizarre. This game took over three and a half hours (and it was supposed to be a short, seven-inning affair) after we went to extras for the second straight night.
After botching it in the top of the eighth with a runner on third and no outs, the Yankees were staring down the barrel of another loss when Jonathan Holder came in and got himself into trouble in the bottom half of the frame. But he escaped with runners on second and third after nearly giving up a walk-off home run.
Then came the top of the ninth when Holder became the designated runner on second base. Miguel Andujar took a fastball to right field with his trademark swing and put the Yankees up 5-4. Then Brett Gardner walked and Clint Frazier singled Andujar home.
But the noteworthy occurrence here was Holder scoring his first career run. How? Why? We don’t know, but we needed the win to save our mental health. Chad Green came in for the save (the O’s score a run after an infield single advanced the runner on second to third before a double play ball made it 6-5) and shut the door.
That’s a Yankees win, guys! It was certainly painful, though. In a 4-3 game in the fifth, Ben Heller relieved Michael King and allowed the game-tying homer on an 0-2 count with two outs. Then Zack Britton did his best to put the fan base into cardiac arrest, loading the bases before escaping the jam. Even Aroldis Chapman couldn’t log a clean inning after a walk and a passed ball had the game-winning run on second before he escaped.
Gary Sanchez homered in this one; Brett Gardner had two RBI; Mike Tauchman had an RBI (and three walks); and the Bombers are 21-16.
But there’s still a game left…….