Last night, the Yankees used eight pitchers, eight(!), to cover nine innings in their version of a bullpen game and it worked like a charm.
Each of the Yankees’ pitchers pitched for one inning except for Sonny Gray who logged two innings. In order, the Yankees pitchers were:
Jonathan Holder - no hits, two walks, one strikeout, no runs
Stephen Tarpley - no hits, no walks, one strikeout, no runs
Sonny Gray - two hits, one walk, two strikeouts, one run
Chad Green - no hits, no walks, three strikeouts, no runs
David Robertson - no hits, two walks, one strikeout, no runs
Aroldis Chapman - no hits, one walk, two strikeouts, no runs
Dellin Betances - no hits, no walks, no strikeouts, no runs… NO STRIKEOUTS?
Zach Britton - no hits, no walks, three strikeouts, no runs
In total, the Yankees bullpen combined to pitch a complete game, allowing only two hits, walking six, while striking out thirteen batters. The only pitcher to allow a hit (and he allowed two) was Sonny Gray. Gray also earned the win in what becomes the decision of the official scorer in game like this.
Of note, also, was that Dellin Betances failed to record a strikeout. This ended his American League record of him having recorded at least one strikeout in 44 consecutive games.
On the offense side, the Yankees, scored four runs, off eight hits for the victory. They began the scoring in the top of the third inning when Andrew McCutchen hit a one-out home run.
The Rays tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth (off a double, infield single, and run-scoring double play), but the Yanks came right back in the top of the fifth inning to grab the lead that they would hold for the rest of the game. The Yankees scored twice, with two outs, which was great to see. The rally began with an Aaron Judge walk. He moved to second on a passed ball. Brett Gardner singled home Judge. This was followed by a double by Giancarlo Stanton that scored Gardner. Stanton, though, was thrown out trying to stretch the double as he tried to advance to third.
The final Yankee scoring came in the top of the seventh inning. With one out Andrew McCutchen doubled. Aaron Judge then doubled him home.
Of note - Aaron Hicks left the game with a tight hamstring. The Yankees cannot afford to lose Hicks to an injury. The team was just starting to get healthy. Didi Gregorius is already out with a wrist injury.
With the victory, the Yankees knocked the Rays out of the post season. The A’s kept pace with the Yankees by defeating the Mariners. The Yankees’ Magic Number to clinch home field for the Wild Card game is down to four.