Yankees 6-4 Dodgers: New York rides back to victory on three homers

New York Yankees’ Oswaldo Cabrera (95) celebrates at the dugout with manager Aaron Boone, right, and teammates after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 9, 2024, in New York.
John Allen
Sunday June 9, 2024

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New York Yankees 6-4 Los Angeles Dodgers

NEW YORK — Trent Grisham launched a crucial three-run homer, giving the Yankees the lead. Aaron Judge and Oswaldo Cabrera also hit home runs, driving New York to a 6-4 comeback victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. This win averted a series sweep by the Dodgers and maintained the intrigue in this potential World Series showdown.

Teoscar Hernández hammered his third home run of the series in the sixth inning, putting the Dodgers up 3-2 against Luis Gil. The rookie pitcher had just given up a two-run double to Mookie Betts in the previous inning, which tied the game with two outs.

Yankees Take Back Lead Thanks to Grisham’s Blast

With Juan Soto missing his third game due to a sore forearm, outfielder Trent Grisham rose to the occasion. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Grisham faced Tyler Glasnow (6-5) and crushed a fastball deep into the right-field seats for a pivotal two-run homer, sending it twelve rows back. The crowd, previously chanting “We Want Soto!” before Grisham’s at-bat, exploded in celebration as the Yankees seized a 5-3 lead.

Grisham, who joined the Yankees from San Diego in the December trade that brought Soto to New York, came into the game with a low batting average (.083) but notable power (2 home runs). His timely hit was a fortunate boost for the Yankees. Although Soto might return for Monday’s game against Kansas City, Grisham demonstrated his ability to contribute even on a star-studded roster.

Earlier in the game, backup player Oswaldo Cabrera had put the Yankees on the scoreboard with a two-run homer in the third inning, barely clearing the right-field foul pole.

The lead was tenuous as the Dodgers mounted a threat in the late innings. In the seventh, Los Angeles put their first two batters on base against former Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson (1-3). However, the Yankees’ defense shone as relief pitcher Luke Weaver entered the game. Catcher Jose Trevino threw out Andy Pages attempting to steal third on Kiké Hernández’s bunt attempt, and a subsequent grounder from Mookie Betts resulted in a double play, ending the Dodgers’ rally.

Yankees Hold On for Victory After Late-Game Scare

Shohei Ohtani doubled in the eighth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Yankees bullpen held firm, securing a thrilling 6-4 victory.

Clay Holmes came in for the ninth inning and earned his 19th save, navigating a tense two-out situation with runners on first and second. He struck out Mookie Betts with a slider to close out the game.

Teoscar Hernández continued his dominance, though it wasn’t enough for the Dodgers this time. Hernández, who had been a thorn in the Yankees’ side all series, doubled in the second inning for their first hit and hit a solo homer in the sixth. He wrapped up the series an impressive 6-for-10 with nine RBIs, adding to his career total of 47 RBIs in just 79 games against New York.

Despite a strong performance by starter Tyler Glasnow, who struck out 12 over six innings, the Dodgers’ offense couldn’t overcome the Yankees’ bats. Glasnow, now 0-4 in his last six starts, gave up five runs on eight hits.

Luis Gil, who had won his previous seven starts, secured the win for the Yankees despite a minor hiccup in the fifth inning. He allowed three runs on five hits before being pulled with two outs, raising his ERA slightly to 2.04.

The Yankees’ key offensive contributions came early. Oswaldo Cabrera hit a solo homer in the third inning, his first since May 1st, giving the Yankees their first lead of the series. Aaron Judge also contributed with an RBI double that popped out of the glove of a leaping Andy Pages in center field.

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