Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Reds 2
July, 20, 2014
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Now that’s what you call a gift.
There were three Cincinnati Reds around Brian McCann's pop fly with one out in the ninth inning.
But none of them called for it.
Just like that, a routine out fell in for a walk-off single, and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Reds with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon at the Stadium.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off the frame with a single to cap off a 10-pitch at-bat against Aroldis Chapman. All 10 pitches were 100 mph or faster. Ellsbury hit pitch No. 10 (101 mph) into left. He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, setting the stage for McCann’s “heroics.”
The Yankees (50-47) had been 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position before McCann’s game-winning hit.
Ellsbury finished 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI. He also swiped his 26th and 27th bases of the season and made a sliding catch with runners on first and second to end the third.
The Hiro they need: Hiroki Kuroda opened his second half by tossing a gem. Kuroda allowed just one run (unearned) on three hits in 6 2/3 innings but got stuck with a no-decision. The 39-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked two. He has compiled a 2.63 ERA in four July starts (27 1/3 innings, eight earned runs).
Jersey boy: Todd Frazier of Toms River, New Jersey, Little League lore, belted a solo shot off Dellin Betances to tie the game at 2 with one out in the eighth. It was the All-Star’s 20th home run of the season.
Comeback: Consecutive line-drive, RBI singles to right by Derek Jeter and Ellsbury with one out in the fifth wiped out a 1-0 deficit and put the Yankees ahead 2-1.
E4: Brian Roberts committed his ninth error of the season, booting a routine grounder off the bat of Zack Cozart to begin the fifth. Cozart eventually scored on Skip Schumaker's two-out RBI ground-rule double, which gave the Reds their only lead.
Making him work: All-Star Johnny Cueto, who came in as the National League’s leader in innings pitched, needed 112 pitches to navigate five innings. The Yankees managed five hits and four walks against Cueto. Opponents had been hitting .184 off the right-hander.
Stranded: The Yankees twice left the bases loaded. Mark Teixeira struck out to end the third, while Jeter bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the sixth. They also failed to get Ellsbury home from third in the seventh.
About time: Ichiro Suzuki snapped an 0-for-18 slide with a one-out single up the middle in the sixth.
Up next: The Yankees begin a four-game series against the lowly Texas Rangers on Monday night. Yankees rookie Shane Greene (2-0, 1.32) is slated to start against right-hander Miles Mikolas (0-2, 10.05).