NEW YORK CITY – Harrison Bader and Oswald Peraza were the current Yankees to leave a video game, with both gamers hurt in Wednesday night’s ninth inning.
Bader was being looked for head and neck problems, though he was “in good spirits,” according to manager Aaron Boone, while Peraza rolled his right ankle as a pinch-runner on a successful ninth inning stolen base attempt.
Jose Trevino was the Yankees’ last available position player, and his 10th-inning pinch-hit single provided the winning margin for a club now seeking big contributions from all able-bodied players in pinstripes.
“I like the method we won,” Isiah Kiner-Falefa stated of the Yankees’ 4-3 triumph, their 2nd straight resurgence win versus the Cleveland Guardians at the Stadium. “With everybody down now, that’s the way we have to do it.”
That meant fifth inning solo homers by Willie Calhoun and Jake Bauers, off starter Shane Bieber, and moving the tying and winning runs into scoring position (9th inning groundout by DJ LeMahieu, 10th inning sac bunt by IKF).
Calhoun delivered a game-tying RBI single in the ninth off closer Emmanuel Clase before Trevino won it in the 10th on a soft single to center, starting a walk-off celebration that Trevino called innings earlier.
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“He called his shot,” stated starter Clarke Schmidt, communicating how Trevino informed him in the 6th inning that he’d be “trying to hit a walk-off” when summoned to pinch-hit.
That conversation happened in the trainer’s room, where Bader and Peraza remained after the game.
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It was a 2-2 game in the ninth when IKF, making his first big-league start as a left fielder, lost Myles Straw’s sinking liner in the lights for a two-out double.
At this point, the turf was slick at rainy Yankee Stadium when Cleveland pinch-hitter Oscar Gonzalez followed wiht a shallow fly ball into the Bermuda Triangle in left-center field.
IKF, shortstop Anthony Volpe and Bader all converged.
Both IKF and Bader charged hard for the ball, with IKF sliding along the wet turf and banging into Bader, who made a headlong diving attempt.
“A difficult one. Just 2 men who wished to make a play,” stated IKF, whose side captured Bader in the head/neck location as the ball dropped in, scoring Cleveland’s consent run with 2 out.
Boone wasn’t particular if Bader was straight struck in the head, however Bader was going through concussion procedure amongst the tests being administered.
Bader remained on the ground for a couple of minutes prior to he left the field under his own power.
“I believe Harrison’s going to be great,’’ stated Boone. “He remained in truly great spirits and chuckling in the training space.’’
Bader had actually simply been triggered off the Yankees’ prolonged injury list Tuesday night, missing out on the club’s very first 30 video games due to stretched left oblique suffered in spring training.
In the bottom of the ninth, Peraza was changed by Aaron Hicks, who scored the connecting operate on Calhoun’s single.
Peraza evaluated the ankle by running a couple of feet and recognized he might not stay in the video game. He was sent out for X-rays, according to Boone, who was not right away sure if Peraza would sign up with the lots Yankees presently on the IL.
That consists of Aaron Judge (hip), due to return next week, and Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), who might be lost for another 4 weeks.
“With the big guys down, we’ve got to find a way to manufacture runs,” said IKF, though Calhoun managed to go deep for a second straight game.
Bauers, in his first appearance since banging his knee against the wall to make a spectacular catch Saturday at Texas, continued a power run that elevated him from Triple-A.
“Felt like the energy existed in the dugout, although we were down the last 2 nights,” stated Calhoun, as the Yankees gotten ready for their next series – a three-game weekend set at Tampa Bay.
This post initially appeared on NorthJersey.com: Harrison Bader exits Yankees win over Guardians with injury