The Yankees are never strangers to come from behind victories, especially against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but this one was some good fun. Down 3-0, they rallied in the 7th inning to tie it and had a big pinch hit to win it 8th on Wednesday to top the D-Backs 4-3.
In the first, the Snakes jumped out 2-0 on first baseman’s opposite-field two run home run off CC Sabathia and added another in the 5th on a double and a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pollock.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense was flustered through most of the game against 2012 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Wade Miley, going hitless for 18 straight batters before finally rallying in the 7th.
Ben Francisco singled, Brennan Boesch doubled with two outs, Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix walked to force home the Yankees first run and Brett Gardner worked a full count before slapping an opposite field single scoring the tying runs. Wells would ground out to short to end the inning.
In the 8th, manager Joe Girardi sent Travis Hafner to pinch hit for Francisco against the RHP. He responded by smashing the first pitch he saw for a game winning home run into RF.
After laboring for 31 pitches and two runs in the first, CC Sabathia was good, going eight innings allowing just the three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out eight. He got the win after Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the save.
The Yankees have now won their third in a row, seven of their last eight after starting the season 1-4. Considering the team doesn’t have Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson, it’s very encouraging.
The Bombers wrap up their series with the D’Backs and their homestand tomorrow will Phil Hughes trying to turn in his first quality start and win. Up-state New York native Patrick Corbin takes the mound for Arizona.