The New York Yankees entered the 9th inning down 4-2 against the Seattle Mariners when Gleyber Torres stepped up to the plate with one out already on the board on a Clint Frazier fly out.
Torres singled to center and up came the Yankees’ hottest player, replacement third baseman, Gio Urshela. The reserve option has been playing out of his mind, hitting an astounding .347 and collecting his second homer of the season on a game-tying rope to center field.
And the game is tied!
Gio Urshela goes yard to get a 2R-HR for the Yankees.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 8, 2019
The New York Yankees squeeze out another close one:
Urshela drove in Torres tying the game at 4 apiece. Cameron Maybin proceeded to single and steal second base. That left DJ LeMahieu with the opportunity to win the ball game, as Maybin’s speed allows him to score on a single. DJ did just that, driving in Maybin for the go-ahead run and ending the game.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 8, 2019
In a match that was briefly delayed due to rain and saw Frazier drop a ball on the warning track, the Yanks managed to squeeze out a win against a solid Mariners team. Another testament to their fight and grit as they continue forward with a majority of the starting team out with injuries.
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But, the real hero once again was Urshela, who is reaching his potential at the exact right time. With Miguel Andujar returning from injury and featuring as the designated hitter, the Bombers have been able to utilize Gio’s fantastic defensive abilities at the hot corner and allow him to continue producing offensively. So far, this move has worked out perfectly.
At this point in the season, it’s fair to say manager Aaron Boone learned a thing or two from his error-riddled 2018 campaign.