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Yankees defeat Nationals 4-2 on the back of Jonathan Holder

June 19, 2018

In the second game of the doubleheader, the New York Yankees topped the Washington Nationals 4-2.

 

With the win, the Yankees split the doubleheader after losing the first [suspended] game 5-3.

 

The first game was a makeup of the May 15th game which was suspended after five innings. The second half of the doubleheader made up the game which was postponed on May 16th.

After the Yankees were down 2-1 in the top of the 5th inning, Aaron Hicks gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead with a two-run home run.

 

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Washington’s first two batters reached base to put runners on first and third with no outs. Yankee manager Aaron Boone would then bring in Jonathan Holder to relieve Sonny Gray. Holder would get Mark Reynolds and Daniel Murphy to strike out, respectively, to leave runners on first and third with two outs. Holder would then get out of the jam, as he got Pedro Severino to pop out to Didi Gregorius and preserved the Yankees one run lead.

 

In the top of the 7th inning, Giancarlo Stanton added an insurance run with a two out double that scored Clint Frazier.

 

The Nationals would bring the potential game winning run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Aroldis Chapman would would out of the jam, getting Adam Eaton to strike out then Trea Turner to fly out to Aaron Judge to end the game and earn his 21st save of the season.

 

Sonny Gray earned the win, as he gave up only two runs over five innings of work.

 

The Yankees will return home tomorrow night to take on the Seattle Mariners for a three game series between two of the best teams in baseball right now. Domingo German will get the start for the Yankees and Marco Gonzales will start for Seattle.

 

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