Matt Holliday slugged a walk-off three-run homer in Friday’s 14-11 victory over the Yankees.
The Yankees actually trailed 9-1 at one point in this one, but they chipped away before Starlin Castro tied things in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run homer off Brad Brach. Jayson Aquino walked back-to-back batters to begin the bottom of the 10th before Holliday cashed in with a game-winning blast to center field. It was his third career walk-off homer. The 37-year-old has been an on-base machine for his new team, batting .263/.411/.474 with three homers and 13 RBI through 19 games.
CC Sabathia was knocked around for seven runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday.
Sabathia gave up nine hits, including a pair of homers. The veteran southpaw was pulled with two on and two out in the sixth before he was relieved by Bryan Mitchell, who went on to give up a grand slam to Mark Trumbo. The Yankees took him off the hook for the loss with a late comeback. After giving up three runs over his first three starts, Sabathia has allowed 11 runs over his past two outings. He’ll bring a 4.34 ERA into a matchup against the Blue Jays next week.
Kevin Gausman was handed a no-decision Friday against the Yankees after giving up five runs over six-plus innings.
His ERA actually went up from 7.23 to 7.50. Gausman started out strong, but he ran out of gas toward the end. He gave up three runs in the sixth inning, including a rocket two-run homer off the bat of Aaron Judge. After Austin Romine reached to begin the bottom of the seventh, Gausman was pulled for Vidal Nuno, who served up a grand slam to Jacoby Ellsbury. Gausman was still in position for the win before the Yankees staged a late comeback and eventually won in extras. It’s been a weird start to the season for Gausman. He struck out just three batters on Friday and hasn’t topped four strikeouts in any of his six starts on the year. Gausman lines up for a start against the Red Sox in Fenway Park next and probably needs to be benched in mixed leagues until he shows signs of improvement.
Brad Brach blew his first save of the season after giving up three runs in the ninth inning Friday against the Yankees.
It was a wild one in the Bronx. After entering the bottom of the ninth with a three-run lead, Brach walked Chase Headley before giving up a single to Matt Holliday. Jacob Ellsbury grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring the first run in before Starlin Castro followed with a game-tying two-run blast. Brach came into Friday’s outing with a spotless 0.00 ERA through 11 appearances while going 5-for-5 in save chances, so there’s no reason for concern. He’ll fill in at closer for another couple of days until Zach Britton (forearm) is deemed ready.
Starlin Castro slugged a game-tying two-run homer off Brad Brach in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday against the Orioles.
Castro used an Adrian Beltre-like swing on the homer, dropping to one knee as he watched the ball carry into the left field bleachers. The Yankees went on to win the game in the 10th. The 27-year-old went 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night and ranks second in the AL with a .361 batting average.
Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBI, and a walk in Friday's extra-inning win over the Orioles.
Judge slugged a solo homer in the fifth inning before hitting an absolute laser of a two-run shot to center field in the sixth. It was the hardest-hit home run of the Statcast era, checking in at 119.4 mph. Judge struggled miserably during his first stint in the majors last year, but he has quickly turned the page by amassing nine homers and 18 RBI through 20 games this season to go along with a 1.081 OPS.
Jacoby Ellsbury slugged a grand slam and knocked in five runs Friday against the Orioles.
Ellsbury was a key part of the Yankees’ amazing comeback, as he took Vidal Nuno deep for a grand slam in the seventh inning before plating another run on a fielder’s choice in the ninth. The 33-year-old has started the season strong, hitting .295/.345/.436 with three homers, nine RBI, six steals, and 13 runs scored through 21 games.
Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday’s loss to the Yankees.
Now that’s more like it. Machado plated two runs with a double in the third inning and added a long solo homer to center field in the fifth inning. According to Statcast, it was the longest home run of the season at 470 feet. Machado is batting just .231/.330/.436 even after his big performance on Friday, but things should only improve from here.