The New York Yankees, who have managed to turn it around slightly after a sluggish start, were the talk of the MLB world over the last few days. The biggest individual accomplishment belongs to Corey Kluber, who no-hit the Texas Rangers in order to give the Yankees their first such performance in over two decades.
The fun didn’t stop against a Chicago White Sox team still reeling from the Tony La Russa/Yermin Mercedes kerfuffle. Aroldis Chapman was in danger of letting the lead slip away, but rookie Andrew Vaughn lined into an improbable triple-play to keep the score tied 1-1 in the ninth inning.
Gleyber Torres, who provided the only run of the day for the Yankees up until that point, added another RBI, this one of the walk-off variety. A single off of Evan Marshall scored Aaron Judge and gave the Yankees a 2-1 victory.
The Yankees have been historically lucky over the last week, as this squad became the first team in the history of the major leagues to pitch a no-hitter, record a triple-play, and win via a walk-off in a three-day span.
The Yankees have reached several milestones this week.
The Yankees’ feats look even more impressive when you consider the fact that the triple play and walk-off hit happened in the same inning. This wasn’t a random July game against the Pirates, this was a heartbreaking defeat for a White Sox team that could prevent the Yankees from making a run to the World Series.
Torres was one of the sluggers who was struggling the hardest amid what has become such a difficult season. A .254 average and 95 OPS+ is well below his usual output, but perhaps a walk-off like this could be the catalyst that helps him turn the season around.
Kluber’s no-hitter has officially cemented himself as the No. 2 starter on this team behind Gerrit Cole. He was a complete question mark coming into this season due to how many injuries he sustained over the last few years, but the no-hitter proved he is capable of pitching like the Cy Young winner he was in Cleveland.
This season looked dead in the water early in the campaign due to some crushing defeats, but thanks to Kluber’s masterful pitching, Gio Urshela’s fantastic defense to ignite the triple play, and Torres’ walk-off, there is renewed vigor that the Yankees could ride a week or two of favorable bounces back into the championship picture.