What was that people were saying about the New York Yankees not having a walk-off win entering this weekend’s series against Washington?
On Saturday, we watched Gleyber Torres come up clutch with an infield hit with the bases loaded in extra innings to even the series at one game apiece.
Approximately 24 hours later, Giancarlo Stanton sent the Nationals packing in much more convincing fashion, lacing a Brad Hand breaking ball into left field that plated Tyler Wade in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees yet another series win.
The Yankees struggled all game to come through with runners in scoring position, and it looked as though their missed chances were going to cost them in the end…but Stanton, the club’s undisputed best hitter thus far this season, wasn’t about to let that happen.
Make that two walk-off wins in a row for the Yankees!
Is this…is this something?
Giancarlo Stanton delivered in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees rattled off their second walk-off win in as many days.
Can we talk about how the Yankees continue to make light work of Hand, who’s regard as one of the best closers in the game? The three-time All-Star blew the lead for Washington in the ninth inning on Saturday, a game New York ultimately won in the 11th inning.
Much like that outing, Hand continued to get in his own way on Sunday by walking Wade on four pitches to get the ninth inning started. Aaron Judge, who was given an off day before the upcoming series vs the Rays, was called off the bench to pinch hit for Brett Gardner and drew a walk.
DJ LeMahieu stepped up with a chance to play hero, but grounded into a fielder’s choice that admittedly looked like a double play ball. However, the veteran infielder was able to keep the inning alive by busting tail down the line to give Stanton a crack.
After sizing up a handful of pitches from the Nationals closer, Stanton ripped a 2-2 breaking ball into left field to clinch the win for the Yankees. We’re honestly not sure how he didn’t send that hanger into oblivion, but you might as well save those for when they’re really needed, right?
What matters is the Yankees managed to end his home stand on a real high note after suffering their worst loss of the season in the series opener on Friday. That’s the type of grit champions are made of and New York looks to have a ton of it as they prepare for a 10-game road trip that starts on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.