Yankees’ AAA team snatches wild walk-off thanks to defensive gaffe by ex-whiz kid

Yankees' Triple-A RailRiders pull off an unbelievable comeback.
Esteban Quiñones
Thursday May 23, 2024

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If you enjoy your baseball with a heavy dose of drama and unpredictability, then the Yankees Triple-A team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ comeback against the Syracuse Mets on Wednesday was a spectacle you wouldn’t want to miss. Known locally as the Subway Series, this matchup served up a rather wild ride.

Yankees’ RailRiders steal win from Syracuse

Starting down 6-1 in the fourth inning, the RailRiders looked like they were headed for a routine loss. But baseball is anything but predictable. The offense ignited with a five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game and setting the stage for more chaos. The pitching staff, particularly Edgar Barclay and Cody Morris, struggled mightily, making it clear that this day would belong to the hitters.

Despite being down 10-6 in the ninth inning, the RailRiders refused to roll over. Luis Torrens sparked hope with a clutch home run off former big-leaguer Joey Lucchesi. Then Jeter Downs, who’s quietly having a solid season with a .259 average and .869 OPS, followed with another homer, narrowing the gap to 10-8. The drama intensified when Greg Allen doubled, putting himself in scoring position with two outs. In the ninth inning, with the RailRiders on the brink of defeat, a critical error by Jose Iglesias changed the game’s trajectory. Greg Allen stood at third base, poised to be stranded there as the final out loomed. Iglesias, a defense-first veteran infielder, misplayed a routine ground ball, allowing Allen to score and keep the RailRiders’ hopes alive. This unexpected error not only tied the game but also set the stage for Caleb Durbin’s walk-off heroics.

Enter Caleb Durbin, the versatile infielder/outfielder who does it all. Durbin delivered his third home run of the year, capping off his fourth hit of the game. This walk-off blast not only secured an 11-10 victory but also lifted his batting average back over .300 and boosted his OPS to .870. Durbin’s heroics ensured that he would be a topic of conversation alongside Yankees star Gleyber Torres, who’s having a shaky season.

Yankees major league pitching staff is off to a flyer, but is their farm falling apart?

While the New York Yankees’ major league pitching staff continues to shine with a league-leading ERA, the situation in the farm system is becoming more worrisome. Fans have been closely watching prospects like Clayton Beeter and Will Warren, expecting them to provide valuable support as the season progresses. However, recent developments have not been encouraging.

Will Warren, player of the new york yankees

Manager Aaron Boone recently announced that Clayton Beeter has been placed on the injured list with a shoulder issue. Beeter had been dominating at Triple-A, but this setback has halted his momentum. The timeline for his return is uncertain, adding to the growing concerns about the Yankees’ pitching in the farm.

Similarly, Will Warren’s performance has taken a dramatic downturn. Once a promising candidate for a major league call-up, Warren has struggled immensely in his last three starts, giving up 23 earned runs over 14 innings. This is a far cry from his strong start to the season, where he allowed just 12 earned runs in his first six starts spanning 27 1/3 innings. Facing tough competition from teams like Syracuse, Rochester, and Worcester might explain some of the struggles, but his recent performance is still concerning. With Gerrit Cole’s injury during spring training, Warren was considered a contender for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. However, Luis Gil secured the spot, and rightfully so.

Yankees' Luis Gil in action during his 14-K's game vs. the White Sox on May 18, 2024, at Yankee Stadium.
AP Photo/ Frank Franklin II

The Yankees are now in a precarious position, relying heavily on the health and performance of their major league pitchers. With Beeter injured and Warren faltering, the pressure is on the current roster to stay healthy and effective, at least until Gerrit Cole is back. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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