Gleyber Torres’ clutch dribbler in 11th gives Yankees unlikely win

Two pitchers answerable for a mixed 5 Cy Young Awards took the mound Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Though Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer might not be at their peaks (each are 4 years faraway from the final time they have been voted the highest pitcher in their respective leagues), hits have been nonetheless at a premium and there have been whiffs aplenty for many of the afternoon.

But as soon as the bullpens obtained their arms on the sport, all bets have been off.

After the Yankees obtained to Nationals nearer Brad Hand in the ninth inning to spoil Scherzer’s 14-strikeout gem, Washington returned the favor by scoring off Aroldis Chapman in the highest of the tenth — just for the Yankees to tie it again up off Hand in the underside of the tenth.

The Yankees obtained the final snort, although, when Gleyber Torres providedd the walk-off single on a swinging bunt down the third-base line in the underside of the 11th inning for a 4-3 win over the Nationals.

Kyle Higashioka celebrates with Tyler Wade after blasting a solo homer, but it was Gleyber Torres' two late clutch singles that led the Yankees to a 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Nationals.
Kyle Higashioka celebrates with Tyler Wade after blasting a solo homer, nevertheless it was Gleyber Torres’ two late clutch singles that led the Yankees to a 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Nationals.
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DJ LeMahieu started the 11th inning on second base and Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey walked Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge to convey up Torres, who had tied the sport in the ninth with an RBI single. The Nationals used 5 infielders on the ultimate play, however none have been in place to discipline Torres’ dribbler.

In a sport that was delayed in the beginning for two hours and 25 minutes by rain, or at the least the specter of it, the Nationals did what no different workforce has achieved this season by scoring a run off Chapman — although it was unearned, because of the automated runner on second to start the tenth inning. Victor Robles led off the tenth with a single to place runners on the corners earlier than Trea Turner hit a sacrifice fly to provide the Nationals the 3-2 lead.

In the underside of the tenth, with Clint Frazier beginning on second, Mike Ford — who to that time was 3-for-36 on the season — started his at-bat attempting to put down a bunt. But after one try went foul, he pulled again the bunt on three straight balls after which swung away for a single by the open left aspect to convey residence Fazier and tie the sport at 3-3.

Justin Wilson, who had struggled in every of his final three appearances, settled issues down in the highest of the 11th. The lefty reliever threw a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts to provide the Yankees the chance to win it in the underside of the body.

After successful the primary 5 video games of this nine-game homestand, the Yankees (17-16) snapped a two-game skid Saturday.

In 7 ¹/₃ innings towards Scherzer, the Yankees’ solely offense got here on a solo residence run from Kyle Higashioka in the third inning — one in all two hits the Yankees mustered off the Nationals ace. Otherwise, Scherzer cruised, at one level retiring 13 straight batters earlier than strolling Frazier to steer off the eighth inning. He recorded one out earlier than being pulled after 109 pitches, however Daniel Hudson got here on to complete the inning and strand Frazier at first.

The Yankees lastly pounced in the underside of the ninth. LeMahieu led off with a stroll and took second on a Stanton groundout. Judge then poked a single to no-man’s land down the right-field line, however coach Phil Nevin held LeMahieu at third. Torres got here up subsequent and delivered an RBI single to proper discipline, knotting the sport at 2-2.

Kluber, the two-time Cy Young winner who was coming off a classic efficiency with eight shutout innings final Sunday towards the Tigers, wasn’t fairly as sharp this time. But he nonetheless gave the Yankees a robust likelihood to win, tossing 5 ²/₃ innings whereas giving up two runs on six hits and three walks and hanging out six.

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