YANKEES 7 – REDS 6 – 10 Innings
It was a wild night indeed, as the Yankees needed a wild pitch in the tenth inning to squeak by the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Wednesday night, ending a three-game losing streak.
At several different points in this one, it looked like the Yankees were well on their way to a fourth straight loss. The Reds grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings thanks to three second-inning solo homers by Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas, and Stuart Fairchild. That was more than enough to send Yankees starter Luis Severino packing for the night, as he left the game with right shoulder tightness.
The Yankees stormed back in the bottom of the third, scratching out five runs to take the lead. Anthony Rizzo got the ball rolling with an RBI Fielder’s Choice, scoring Joey Gallo from third. Gleyber Torres later drove in D.J. LeMahieu on a sharp single to cut the deficit to 4-2. Finally, Isiah Kiner-Falefa delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing double to put the Yanks in front 5-4.
Unfortunately for New York, J.P. Sears couldn’t hold the lead. A ground rule double by Joey Votto brought home Jonathan India, tying the game at five. Later a Tyler Stephenson sac fly brought home Brandon Drury with the go-ahead run to put Cincinnati up 6-5.
The score remained 6-5 Reds into the eighth inning when Giancarlo Stanton crushed a home run on a 2-2 pitch to open the inning, tying the game at six. The Yankees had a life.
The game moved into extras as Cincinnati failed to score in the top half of the tenth when Farmer grounded into an inning-ending double-play.
In the bottom of the tenth, Alexis Diaz — the brother of Mets closer Edwin Diaz — couldn’t channel the 2022 version of his brother, tossing a pair of wild pitches that wound up allowing LaMahieu to score the lead and win a run.
The Yankees escaped with the victory. They’ll try to win the series tonight when they send Nestor Cortes to the hill against Luis Castillo — a pitcher who is getting a lot of buzz on the trade market with rumors linked to both the Yankees and Mets.