New York Yankees: DJ LeMahieu Walks it off with Style in the 11th

Dillard Barnhart
New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

August 31, 2019. The game is tied 3-3 between the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. It’s at the bottom of the 11th with no outs and the count is 0-0. DJ LeMahieu, who was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts on the afternoon, faces the RHP, known as Lou Trivino. The atmosphere is tense, the crowd is on edge and the players are optimistic. LeMahieu stands in the batter’s box, remaining calm and collective. Can the potential MVP candidate save the Yanks from 5-straight, agonizing defeats to the Athletics, or is this game a lost cause? Let’s dive into that subject, shall we…

What a fantastic ending to a mediocre game. The Yankees, who have struggled severely against the Athletics this season, claimed the crown with a final score of 4-3 in extra innings.

Domingo German, who pitched 5 solid innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 runs and struck out 5 batters on 90 pitches. The Yanks also had an absurd amount of pitchers toe the slab, including Adam Ottavino, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Corey Gearrin, Jonathan Loaisiga, Tommy Kahnle, and Zack Britton. If you needed adequate time to catch your breath reading all of those names, I don’t blame you.

Gary Sanchez obliterated 2 solo shots on the afternoon, recording his 31st and 32nd homers on the season and rode a marvelous stallion into battle. That stallion was his baseball bat and the power he generates within himself. In the bottom of the 2nd, El Gary hammered a missile into the second deck in left field, traveling 436-feet with an exit velocity of 109.4 MPH. The A’s were not so amused by this glorious shot. In the top of the 4th, Matt Olson answered right back, ripping a 2-run homer into right field and giving the A’s a 2-1 lead.

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The Sanchino delivered yet again in the bottom of the 5th, demolishing a solo shot to right-center field, traveling 396-feet with an exit velocity of 106.3 MPH. As the A’s replied with a solution of their own in the 4th, they repeated upon this in the top of the 7th. Matt Chapman, who has struggled in August in terms of offensive production, smashed an RBI double down the left-field line, granting the A’s with a 3-2 lead.

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Although the RBI double was considered fair and was not challenged by the Yankees, there is clear and factual evidence that shows the baseball was foul. Take a quick glimpse for yourself.

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As the collective moans and groans could be heard all across Yankees Twitter, in which they had every right to do so, the game continued per usual. Aaron Judge broke the A’s control of the game in the bottom of the 8th, smoking a solo shot to right field and traveling 371-feet with an exit velocity of 101.9 MPH.

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This is where the real magic occurred. The ballgame went into extra innings, which included a gut-wrenching save by Judge, robbing Chapman from a possible go-ahead homer in the top of the 10th. Last, but certainly not least, the cherry on top of the icing was established. In the bottom of the 11th, a struggling LeMahieu redeemed himself by blasting a walk-off homer into the right-field porch, granting the Yanks with a 4-3 victory over the stubborn Athletics.

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Throughout August, the Bronx Bombers collected a mind-boggling, 74 homers, including a walk-off to add some spice. That’s an incredible achievement to accomplish in just one month. The Yankees now possess an 89-48 (.650) record, which is the best in the American League and the majors in general. I also somewhat predicted that LeMahieu would end the game in a blaze of glory. A prediction I’ll pride myself on for years to come.

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