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Gary & Giancarlo Mash, Yankees Walk-Off To Beat Mariners 7-5

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The bats are coming alive. The Yankees come back after being down 5-0 to beat the Mariners in the bottom of the 9th. This season the Yankees have proved that they are truly never out of a game, as home runs can come off almost any bat in the line-up.Image result for johnny lasagna baseball

Johnny Lasagna struggled tonight. His second Major League start saw his command struggles continue, and without his slider, he struggled to finish off batters like he did in his previous start. Loaisiga went 3.2 innings, gave up six hits, three earned runs, walked two batters, and struck out four. Shreve came in for two innings and gave up another two runs on four hits and walked one batter.

The real gem of the game was Jonathan Holder. Questionably the most important piece to the bullpen, Holder hasn’t given up a run in almost a MONTH in his ten appearances. He gives the Yankees flexibility with his ability to go multiple innings and being dominant while doing it. Holder went two innings while striking out two, walking none, and striking out two. His confidence must be sky high and it should be, Holder is an integral part of why this team has been so successful.

Now to the hitters. My goodness is this team fun to watch when these bats are hot. Since 6/9 in 37 at-bats, Didi has been batting .351 with 4 RBIs and 3 home runs. Didi brought in another run tonight to continue his hot streak. Aaron Judge also had himself a night, going 3 for 5 while bringing in a run. Clint Frazier also bought himself a run. Man, I wish there was room on this roster.

Frazier belongs in the big leagues and would be an everyday starter on almost any other team. Instead, he is stuck behind Aaron Hicks (a Brian Cashman favorite) and the old but reliable Brett Gardner. I hope these appearances we are getting from Frazier force the team’s hand in keeping him up and don’t serve as a tryout as the Yankees try and acquire another starting pitcher.

Now to the heroes. El Gary came to the plate after a very important Gleyber Torres walk. Gary had been struggling before this week but had been making good contact and started to heat up. Tonight, Gary may have erased all memories of his slow start to the season.

Gary absolutely CRUSHES this one, tying the game with another inning to spare. Gary gaining confidence will improve his offense and defense, something this team desperately needs (as they sit atop the standings).

Now on to the man who needed a moment like this as badly as anyone. If you saw the look on his face, you could tell how much hitting that walk-off home run meant to him. Giancarlo Stanton was a man on a mission tonight.

He got served up a meatball and sent that ball into orbit. Hopefully, this home run gets him relaxed and looking like the Stanton the Yankees traded for. The Yankees have a day game with Seattle to close out the series before playing the Rays this weekend. They look to secure the sweep against a potential playoff team in the Mariners.

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