Yankees 2-1 Tigers: Rally in ninth, Rizzo’s walk off secure victory

New York Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, May 3, 2024, in New York. The Yankees won 2-1.

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New York Yankees 2-1 Detroit Tigers

NEW YORK — As the game hung in balance in the final inning, Giancarlo Stanton of New York came through with a powerful double, propelling a runner home and paving the way for Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo seized the moment with a decisive base hit, igniting jubilation in the Yankees’ dugout as they clinched a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday evening.

Despite enduring a sluggish offensive performance, limited to just two hits over eight innings, the Yankees found their rhythm in a sudden burst of energy during the ninth inning. Confronting closer Jason Foley (2-1), they orchestrated a rapid succession of four consecutive hits, sparking a rally that unfolded swiftly yet decisively.

The resurgence commenced with Aaron Judge’s well-placed single through the infield, followed by a strategic steal of second base prompted by Alex Verdugo‘s expertly executed bunt. Giancarlo Stanton, who had encountered difficulties in his prior three at-bats, emerged to deliver a scintillating double to the opposite field corner, connecting with a 97 mph sinker. With baserunners positioned on second and third, the tide dramatically turned in favor of the Yankees, ushering in a surge of momentum.

Yankees Strike Back in Ninth Inning!

Despite grappling with fast pitches throughout the season, Giancarlo Stanton finally made a pivotal connection. He smashed a double against a blazing 97 mph sinker, marking his first hit this year against a fastball of such velocity.

This significant hit laid the groundwork for Anthony Rizzo, who delivered the game-winning single through a tightly-packed infield, narrowly escaping the grasp of the diving second baseman. This hit secured an exhilarating comeback triumph for the Yankees.

The victory tarnished a stellar performance from closer Jason Foley, a Long Island native who had successfully converted 14 consecutive save opportunities before stumbling in the ninth inning. Yankees reliever Dennis Santana entered the fray, pitching a flawless inning to secure the win.

Earlier in the game, Yankees starter Marcus Stroman appeared poised for a dominant display, but his control wavered in the sixth inning, leading to a flurry of walks. This ultimately resulted in walking in a run before he was substituted out of the game.

Yankees Bullpen Shines, Holds Off Tigers Threat

The Yankees bullpen emerged as the unsung heroes, playing a pivotal role in safeguarding the lead and laying the groundwork for the thrilling ninth-inning triumph.

Ian Hamilton displayed nerves of steel as he maneuvered through a bases-loaded predicament in the sixth inning, emerging unscathed from the pressure-packed situation. Victor González followed suit in the seventh, adeptly stranding three Tigers baserunners. Their commendable efforts were complemented by stellar defensive displays from Aaron Judge in center field and Anthony Rizzo at first base, orchestrating a seamless 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Despite Detroit’s Riley Greene tallying three hits, the Yankees’ defensive prowess stymied further scoring opportunities. Anthony Volpe, showcasing his Gold Glove caliber, initiated the game with a spectacular defensive play to deny Greene a potential hit. This defensive fortitude persisted throughout the game, significantly contributing to the eventual victory.

While the Yankees’ offense remained subdued for the majority of the game, mustering only three hits before the ninth inning, their pitching staff effectively stifled the Tigers’ offensive threats, limiting them to a solitary run. Tigers starter Reese Olson, in his Yankee Stadium debut, exhibited his talent with five strikeouts over five innings, yet a dearth of run support denied him a win.

Following Olson’s departure, the Yankees bullpen assumed control, with Alex Faedo, Andrew Chafin, and Shelby Miller joining forces to silence the New York offense for the subsequent three innings. However, their collective efforts proved futile as the Yankees exploded in the ninth inning to secure the come-from-behind victory.

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Set to pitch for the Yankees this Saturday is right-hander Clarke Schmidt (2-1, 3.19 ERA), tasked with containing the formidable Detroit Tigers offense, which has been performing exceptionally well lately. On the opposing side, Detroit’s undefeated starter Casey Mize (1-0, 3.08 ERA) will take the mound, aiming to prolong his streak of victories.

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