Yankees 6-7 Brewers: Bombers lose lead twice, fail to come back

Milwaukee Brewers’ Joey Ortiz hits a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Friday, April 26, 2024, in Milwaukee.
John Allen
Saturday April 27, 2024

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New York Yankees 6-7 Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE — In a crucial 11th inning, Joey Ortiz came through with a clutch game-winning single for the Milwaukee Brewers. Adding to his impact, he had previously blasted a homer in the game, tallying four runs in total, sealing a thrilling 7-6 triumph over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

In the bottom of the 11th inning, Owen Miller substituted for Gary Sánchez, previously of the Yankees, as a pinch runner on second base. A fly ball to right field by Brice Turang prompted Miller to dash to third base. With Miller now in scoring position, Joey Ortiz connected with a single that slipped past the legs of Oswaldo Cabrera at third base, bringing in the decisive run for the Brewers.

Yankees Fight Back, But Fall Short in Extras

Starting the 10th inning on second base per the new MLB rules, Jose Trevino dashed home on a scorching double by pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton. Initially, the Yankees seemed poised to secure the win, but the resilient Brewers had other plans in their half of the inning. Willy Adames’ single to center field brought home William Contreras, leveling the score at 6-6 and pushing the game into extra innings.

Despite a commendable performance from their young starter, the loss was attributed to reliever Michael Tonkin, recently acquired from the Mets. Jared Koenig clinched the victory for the Brewers with two impeccable innings of relief.

Earlier in the matchup, Juan Soto solidified his place in baseball history even further. The budding star crushed a 103.9 mph fastball over the left-field wall for his 800th career hit, giving the Yankees an early lead. Alex Verdugo contributed another solo homer in the second inning to extend the advantage. Nonetheless, the Yankees’ endeavors came up short in an exhilarating extra-inning showdown.

Yankees Trade Blows, But Brewers Take Lead Late

Juan Soto’s first-inning homer set an early tone, yet the Yankees found themselves struggling as the Brewers steadily narrowed the gap. In the bottom of the second, Joey Ortiz left his mark on the game, launching his inaugural career home run, a pivotal two-run shot to left field that leveled the score.

The back-and-forth battle intensified in the third when Blake Perkins countered with a two-run homer, propelling the Brewers into a 4-2 lead. However, Trent Grisham swung back in the fourth with a powerful three-run homer, his first of the season, momentarily giving the Yankees a 5-4 edge.

Luis Gil, in his maiden confrontation with Milwaukee, valiantly navigated through six innings but couldn’t maintain the lead. After yielding a lead-off double to Gary Sánchez, Gil was relieved, and Joey Ortiz capitalized with a sacrifice fly, knotting the game at 5-5. Despite his resilient performance, Gil earned a no-decision.

The deadlock persisted until the Brewers secured the victory in later innings.

The Yankees roster

Up next

Carlos Rodón, the Yankees’ left-handed pitcher, steps onto the mound for his sixth start this season, sporting a 1-1 record and an impressive 2.70 ERA. Opposing him is Brewers’ right-hander Joe Ross, who is making his fifth start of the year. This marks Ross’ first meeting with the Yankees since his stint with the Washington Nationals on May 9th, 2021.

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