Yankees steal game from Reds on walk-off wild pitch

Alexander Wilson
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Jul 13, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter DJ LeMahieu (26) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after scoring the winning run after a wild pitch during the tenth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees stole a game from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday evening thanks to a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning.

On Tuesday, the Yankees blew a three-run lead in the top of the 9th inning, courtesy of a Clay Holmes meltdown. Holmes has been lights out this season but failed in an anomaly of a performance. However, the Yankees fought back and showed resiliency in Wednesday’s victory after trailing 4–0 in the 3rd inning.

In the 3rd, the Yankees tallied five runs thanks to a Gleyber Torres single to left field, driving in DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo. With the bases loaded, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep centerfield, driving in Josh Donaldson, Rizzo, and Torres.

Shortly after, the Reds posted two runs in the 5th inning, taking a one-run lead 6–5. However, Giancarlo Stanton launched a solo homer to right field, just getting over the short porch to tie the game at six apiece.

After a scoreless 10th inning for the Reds, the Yankees had an opportunity to end the game and secure their 62nd win of the season. The Reds struck out Aaron Judge to start the inning but intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo. A wild pitch moved DJ LeMahieu to third base and Rizzo to second base, given the extra inning rules (a base runner starting on 2nd).

Alexis Diaz recorded a second wild pitch, allowing LeMahieu to score the winning run. Despite the win, the Yankees were dealt another injury blow with starting pitcher Luis Severino injuring his shoulder. Severino allowed four hits and four earned runs over 2.0 innings before handing the ball over to JP Sears.

After the game, Severino stated that he didn’t feel good when he woke up on Wednesday morning, which resulted in a poor performance.

Hopefully, the injury is nothing serious and he can bounce back quickly without missing any time. The All-Star break should give him a bit of time to rehabilitate and start fresh.

Nonetheless, the Yankees managed to snap a three-game losing streak, getting back in the win column. They still sit 14 games above the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East but the Houston Astros are quickly gaining ground, sitting just four games behind in all of baseball.