In a hotly contested game that featured two left-handed pitchers trading zero after zero for most of the night, the New York Yankees ended up prevailing 2-1 over the Chicago White Sox, thanks to a walk-off hit by Gleyber Torres and a certain play that was the highlight of the evening.
Yankeesâ€™ closer Aroldis Chapman has been perfect all season, but a leadoff walk and his own error put runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth inning. The White Sox had a great chance to score and break the 1-1 tie.
However, what came next was a play for the ages. Andrew Vaughn grounded sharply to third. Yankeesâ€™ third baseman Gio Urshela touched the base and threw a rocket to second baseman Rougned Odor, who stepped on the keystone and threw another bullet to first baseman Luke Voit to beat Vaughn and complete an outstading, game-saving triple play. The Bombers came out on top an inning later.
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The Yankees turned their first triple play since 2014
â€œThat’s just one of those plays that you don’t see every day,â€ Chapman said through an interpreter to MLB.com. He earned the win.
The Yankeesâ€™ walk-off hero, Gleyber Torres, had a first-row seat to watch the play, the first of its kind by the Yankees, since 2014, develop. â€œThe second I saw the ground ball to Gio, I knew something special was coming. That triple play was amazing. Itâ€™s the first time in my career to see one and be part of one. I think itâ€™s the most exciting moment.â€
Yankeesâ€™ skipper Aaron Boone also enjoyed the play. â€œI’m right in line with Gio there, so how he hit it, right away it popped in my head,â€ he said. â€œWith Gio being as instinctive as he is, he did the right thing — quickly stepped on the bag, threw a strike to Rougie, who really turned it over well to finish off a special play and get us out of trouble there. Thatâ€™s an energy giver.â€