One thing is clear: the New York Yankees’ victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night wasn’t pretty. It was ugly: seven pitchers were used, in total, and they handed eleven walks and could only strike out eight hitters. Not ideal, but a victory is a victory, and for now, that’s all that matters.
Asher Wojciechowski allowed two runs but gave the Yankees four innings, keeping them in the game, and Albert Abreu, Justin Wilson, Zack Britton, Nick Nelson, Aroldis Chapman, and Brooks Kriske combined to allow just three additional runs in the 6-5 win.
Ryan LaMarre, an unexpected hero, connected a long single that proved to be the game-winner against lefty Ranger Suarez in the bottom of the tenth frame.
It was the Yankees’ fourth consecutive win.
“Everyone’s hungry, scrappy,” said Yankees’ designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton to MLB.com. “We’re getting it done in different ways than we’re accustomed to. It’s good to get a new look. Some guys in here are just playing like it’s their last game every time.”
The Yankees are finally stringing some wins together
The Yankees keep finding ways to win games, and that’s all that matters for now. Gleyber Torres dropping a sacrifice bunt against Suárez to move automatic runner Gary Sánchez to third base. LaMarre took the at-bat for Brett Gardner and lifted a fly ball over a five-man infield, effectively ending the game.
“Not many people get a chance to wear the uniform, let alone get a chance to come through and get a walk-off hit,” LaMarre said about playing for the Yankees and coming through in a big moment. “I just thank God for the opportunity. I’ve been through a lot in this game, as a lot of people have. To have the moments like these, you just try to soak them in. It keeps you going, honestly.”
Now, the Yankees are starting a crucial series against the Boston Red Sox.
Can the Yankees win the series against the Red Sox?