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About Yesterday Afternoon: Yanks Walk-Off With Win!

By Robert Malchman

April 23, 2023

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This losing the first game of a series thing is a high-wire act. Facing a series loss again, the Yankees won a pitching duel of aces Gerrit Cole and Alek Manoah with a bullpen that stunk less than the Blue Jays, winning 3-2 in walk-off fashion. The Yanks now stand at 13-8.


Quick Stats:

  • W: Jimmy Cordero (1-0), 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K – he was at the right place at the right time.

  • L: Jordan Romano (2-1), 0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

  • Gerrit Cole, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K (and for comparison, Alek Manoah, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K)

  • D.J. LeMahieu, 1-for-1, walk-off pinch-hit RBI single

Big Story: Cole and Manoah dueled each other even, though Cole bent more and was out of the game after 5.1 IP, with Manoah throwing a two-hit shutout through seven.


Anthony Volpe, after fanning in the 3rd with one out and runners on second and third (Cabrera double and Peraza walk), redeemed himself with an opposite field, wall-scraping, two-run homer in the 8th after Peraza had singled. All the Yankees needed was three outs from Wandy Peralta. Unfortunately, the magic left Wandy, who gave up a lead-off walk to Alejandro Kirk and a game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Dan Jansen. After another hit, Peralta was pulled for Jimmy Cordero, but I’m pleased he wasn’t booed given how well he has otherwise pitched this year.


But Peralta’s failure set the stage for Yankee redemption in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo led off with a double off the wall in left. Torres hit a seeing-eye grounder that Bo Bichette smothered, but could not make a play on, while pinch-runner Isaiah Kiner-Falefa scurried to third. After Willie Calhoun walked, D.J. LeMahieu pinch-hit for the slumping Franchy Cordero. Toronto brought an outfielder in to play in front of second base (one of the few shifts still permitted). On a 1-0 pitch, LeMahieu laced a walk-off single past the drawn-in shortstop.


Notable Performances:


Cole, of course, whose ERA dipped to 0.79.


DJLM for day-off, walk-off single.


Torres had two hits in his last two PAs. Is he off the schneid? That would be awesome if he could return to his performance at the plate from the beginning of season.


Finally, as Fuster and Yankeeblog (and The Who) noted, The Kids Are Alright. Volpe, Cabrera and Peraza went a combined 3-for-9, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. It’s as exciting to watch Volpe this year as it was to watch Jeter in 1996.


Better to Forget:


Magic Wandy was no wizard: 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K. His ERA went from 1.24 to

3.38.


Willie and Franchy went 0-for-6, and they are down to .136 and .186 BA, respectively.


My (Highly Personal) Take: It is said one should never meet one’s heroes. Roy White is the exception that proves the rule. I went to the charity event involving Dr. Paul’s book with Mr. White, in a luxury suite in right field. What a great day! Roy White is every bit the gentleman you imagine him to be from his years as a Yankee coach and player. And it was an enormous treat to meet, at last, Dr. Paul in person, likewise every bit the gentleman we know him to be from his writing here. (Paul please Venmo me the amount we talked about, thx.)


It was an exciting game, very close, with the exhilaration of Volpe’s go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth, the deflation of Jansen’s counter in the top of the ninth, and the Yankees’ build to the walk-off base hit by LeMahieu. It’s hard to top a regular season

game like that. The Yankees again fought off a series-losing-game situation and are now 11-0 in such games.


Up Next: The Yankees face the Jays again today and are positioned to take the series. It will be a 1:35 pm affair led by Kevin Gausman (1-2, 3.65) against Clarke Schmidt (0-1, 8.79 – yecch).

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NOTE - Robert, the pleasure was all mine. It was great to meet you and I enjoyed spending time talking baseball with you. It was a highlight of the entire event. What a great afternoon!


Here's the selfie we took:

TWO GREAT YANKEES FANS!


14 Comments


Mike Whiteman
Apr 23, 2023

Great recap Robert!


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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 23, 2023
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Thank you very much!

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etbkarate
Apr 23, 2023

Cole pitched another strong game. I'm still trying to understand why Boone pulled Marinaccio after only 14 pitches, to bring in another righty. Great win, these blue jays are cocky, even though they haven't done a thing. Weather permitting, crush them today!

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Mike Whiteman
Apr 23, 2023
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I like Holmes in this role, as Boone can utilize him in spots that take advantage of his strengths. As good as Holmes is when he's on, he of course can be maddeningly inconsistent. If he's a setup guy, you can go to other options when he's off. If he's your closer, its hard to yo yo him in and out of the role during the course of the season.

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fuster
Apr 23, 2023

about that bottom of the 9th


Rizzo appeared to be highly surprised that his shot to left field stayed in the park

the wind might have kept it in, but perhaps it was also the wind that kept Rizzo from busting it to first base. happily, Rizzo accepted the evidence of his eyes and managed to make it to second ahead of the throw.

the decision to lift Rizzo for a pinch-runner seemed to be an obvious move and it proved to be an important one.

some managers might have mulled over removing the big guy from a tied game. the Yankee manager played for the immediate win....and thereby won.


Rizzo might have anchored himself to second base after the…

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Apr 23, 2023
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Love this, "my excuse is that I bought a ticket; Rizzo has none."

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yankeerudy
Apr 23, 2023

That Volpe homer was reminiscent of another Yankee shortstop - inside out swing sneaking it over the wall.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 23, 2023
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Where is Raul Ibanez when you need him?

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