New York Yankees Recap: Gary Sanchez puts the Yankees ahead as they take the A’s series

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Feb 12, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon the New York Yankees met up with the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx in the rubber game of the three-game series. The A’s won the first game, and yesterday afternoon the Yankees had a comeback win 7-5 to force the rubber game today. Jordan Montgomery faced the A’s Sean Manaea on a sweltering and humid day at the Stadium. The Yankees won the game and took the series 2-1.

In the first inning, Mark Canha faced Montgomery and flew out to Judge in center. Matt Chapman struck out swinging. Then, matt Olson hit a homer all the way into Monument Park in deep center. Ramon Laureano flew out to Andujar in right. At the bottom of the frame against Manaea, DJ LeMahieu ground out directly to second. Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Gary Sanchez continued his hot-hitting ways with a double that split the outfielders. Giancarlo Stanton struck out to end the inning. Oakland A’s 1, Yankees 0.

Jed Lowrie led off the second inning by grounding out to Urshela at third. Chad Pinder ground out back to Montgomery. Sean Murphy went down on strikes for a 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres led off by swinging and missing. Gio Urshela struck out. Miguel Andujar ground out to third for a short inning for both pitchers. A’s 1 Yankees 0.

The third was led off by Elvis Andrus, who popped out to short. Aramis Garcia singled through short. Canha stuck out. Matt Chapman walked. Olson flew out to the wall and Frazier. First baseman Chris Gittens led off the bottom by striking out. Frazier struck out for Manaea’s six strikeout in three innings. LeMahieu split the outfield for a double. Judge struck out stranding LeMahieu at second. A’s 1 Yankees 0.

Laureano led off the fourth grounding to short. Lowrie struck out, and Pinder flew out to Judge at the wall as Montgomery was really settling in. At the bottom, Sanchez popped back to the catcher. Stanton flew out to far-right. Torres struck out in what was fast becoming a pitching duel. Athletics 1 and the Yankees 0.

Murphy flew out to Andujar to start the fifth. Andrus struck out on a change-up. Garcia struck out for Montgomery’s sixth strikeout of the game. In the bottom, Urshela struck out for Manaea’s ninth strikeout. Andujar popped out to third. Gittens struck out. A’s 1 Yankees 0.

The sixth inning was led off by Canha, who walked. Chapman flew out to Judge at the 408′ mark. Olson singled through left. Laureano faced the new Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisgia and singled on a reviewed call at first, but Olson was out at second. Lowrie ground out to first to end the half. Clint Frazier led off the bottom by getting the first walk off of Manaea. LeMahieu struck out. Frazier moved to second when a balk was called on Manaea. Aaron Judge walked. Gary Sanchez hit into the gap in right-center, driving both Frazier and Judge with Sanchez moving to third base. With Stanton due up, the A’s went to the bullpen and called in veteran Sergio Romo. Stanton struck out. Torres ground out to third, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. New York Yankees 2 A’s 1.

Tony Kemp pinch-hit to lead off the seventh inning, and he popped out to Urshela in foul territory. Murphy walked on a bad call. Andrus lined back out to Loaisiga. Mitch Moreland pinch hit for Garcia, and he struck out. In the bottom, Urshela struck out. Andujar popped out to right. Gittens flew out to left field. Yankees 2 A’s 1.

The eighth inning was led off by Canha, who faced the new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge and he flew out to Tyler Wade in center. Chapman tripled to the left-field wall just beyond Frazier’s glove. Olson struck out. Laureano flew out to Frazier to end the half. At the bottom, Frazier faced Cam Bedrosian and struck out. LeMahieu ground out to short. Judge went down on strikes to keep the game Yankees 2 and the A’s 1.

The A’s lineup faced the Yankee closer, Aroldis Chapman, at the top of the ninth inning. Lowrie walked. Kemp walked with no one out. Murphy hit into a triple play, their third of the season for an amazing end of the game as the New York Yankees took the series from the second-best team in baseball. The final score was Yankees 2 and the Oakland A’s 1. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Loaisiga, the loser was Sean Manaea, and Aroldis Chapman got his 16th save of the season.