Sunday, August 24, 2014

Coming off of the bench to pinch-hit for Francisco Cervelli, Brian McCann ripped a three-run walk-off homerun just inside the right field foul pole to send the Yankees home with a 7-4 win in 10 innings on Sunday, extending their winning streak to four games.

White Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez put the Yankees into a 1-0 hole just two pitches into the game with a solo homerun to left field off of Yankee starter Chris Capuano that just barley made it's over the wall and into the season.

Capuano didn't let the homerun to open the game effect him very much, as he would go on to only give up five more hits after that, including a two-run homerun to Conor Gillespie in the 6th inning that extended Chicago's lead to 3-0.

Capuano went six innings for the Yankees for the fifth time in his first six starts with the team. He gave up the three runs on six hits, striking out five without walking a batter.

The Yankees rallied to take the lead with four runs in the bottom half of the 6th inning. Derek Jeter opened the inning with a grounded, then Martin Prado reached second base on an error in left field by Dayan Viciedo. Mark Teixeira followed up with a double to put the Yankees on the board, making it a 3-1 game. Sale walked Carlos Beltran, struck out Chase Headley for the second out of the inning, and then walked Cervelli to load the bases with Zelous Wheeler coming up.

It didn't take long for Sale to hit Wheeler, forcing in a run to pull the Yankees to within one, and then a batter later, Ichiro Suzuki singled to deep right, driving home a pair of runs to put the Yankees up 4-3.

Because of Viciedo's error to kick off the rally, none of the four runs against Sale in the 6th inning were earned, has he would give up just those four on four hits in six innings of work, walking three and striking out seven.

Esmil Rogers and Rich Hill combined to pitch a scoreless 7th inning ahead of Adam Warren, who struck out one in a three up, three down 8th inning.

That led to David Robertson in the 9th inning, as he was looking to convert his 23rd consecutive save opportunity, However, things would not go his was as Adonis Garcia opened the top of the 9th inning with a game-tying, solo homerun into the right field seats.

The Yankees had a chance to win things in the bottom of the 9th inning when with a runner on second base, the White Sox walked Stephen Drew to get to Jeter with runners on first and second base with one out. The plan worked, as Jeter would ground into a 6-3 double play to end the inning.

David Huff would enter the game to pitch a scoreless 10th inning before the Yankees ended the game in the bottom half of the frame. Beltran hit a two-out double, Headley was intentionally walked, and then McCann did his thing, hitting his 15th homerun of the year to end the game.

After six games at home in the Bronx, the Yankees now hit the road for a seven game trip that starts tomorrow night with a one-game stay in Kansas City where they will play a makeup game with the Royals at 7:00 p.m. ET. Mike Pineda will be on the mound for the Yankees, facing off with James Shields.


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