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Yankees continue epic run, win 15 out of 16 with help from the kid

May 7, 2018

Despite being down 4-0 with two innings left to play, the New York Yankees came storming back to score seven unanswered runs to win 7-4 and sweep the Cleveland Indians.

 

After having a combined no-hitter through seven innings from Domingo German and Dellin Betances, the Yankees lost the no-hitter on Yonder Alonso’s single to open the eighth inning. Later in the same inning, Tyler Naquin plated the first run of the inning on a RBI single. Following a pitching change to Jonathan Holder, Francisco Lindor would extend their lead to 2-0 on a RBI double. After a past ball and sacrifice fly from Jason Kipnis, respectively, the Indians went up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

 

With runners on first and second and two outs, Brett Gardner drove in the first run of the game for the Yankees on a single to center field off of Indians closer Cody Allen. Aaron Judge followed up Gardner with a two-run double to trim the Indians lead to 4-3. Cleveland intentionally walked Didi Gregorius to face Gary Sanchez and escaped the inning with a one run lead as Sanchez flew out to center field.

 

In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks led off the inning with a double to center field. Neil Walker would then tie the game on a RBI double down the right field line. After the Indians relieved Allen for Dan Otero, he got Miguel Andujar to ground out and keep Walker at second base. Giancarlo would come up to pinch hit for Tyler Austin, but Cleveland intentionally walked him to face Gleyber Torres. With a full count, Torres hit a walk off home run to center field to complete the comeback and extend their win streak to six games.

 

Torres became the youngest player in Yankee history to ever hit a walk off home run at 21 years and 144 days old, surpassing Mickey Mantle who hit his first walk off home run at 21 years and 185 days old on April 23, 1953 against the Boston Red Sox.

 

Chasen Shreve earned his second win of the season with his scoreless inning in the top of the ninth.

 

German made history, as he became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to strike out nine batters and allow no hits in his first MLB start.  

 

With the win, the Yankees have won 15 out of their last 16 wins.

 

After an off day tomorrow, the Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox for a three game series in a battle for first place.

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