Following the beat down they got the day before, the Yankees went back into Washington looking to take 2 of 3 from the defending World Series Champions. They had a pretty difficult task standing in their way in the form of the 6’3″ lefty Patrick Corbin. And boy let me tell you….he was dealing.
Through six innings, Corbin had retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced. The one that he didn’t retire? Gleyber Torres, who snapped the string with a fourth-inning single. Then, with one man gone in the 7th, the future best player in the game (don’t @ me) stepped in and pulled a pitch that was right over the heart of the plate over the left field wall for a 403-foot bomb.
Torres did struggle defensively just a tad. In the home half of the eight inning Torres committed a throwing error with one-out on a Trea Turner grounder. With speed on the bags, Tommy Khanle threw his incredible changeup to retire Eric Thames, escaping a bases-load jam in the 8th.
The insanely speedy Trea Turner started things off for the Nats’ with a third-inning home run off of Jonathan Loaisiga, who was a spot start while Aaron Boone and the Yankees wait for Masahiro Tanaka’s return. In the fourth, with David Hale taking over for Loaisiga, Eric Thames ripped a ball past Luke Voit, into right field plating the second run of the game for Washington. It was Eric Thames first RBI as a National.
Following Torres’ home run, Washington skipper Dave Martinez pulled Corbin with only 75 pitches under his belt. Will Harris came into relief and retired the first batter he faced. With nobody on and two down, the Bomber’s first baseman Luke Voit hit a home run to tie the game at 2.
In the 8th with the game tied, Gleyber again stepped into the box with men on first and second. He pulled a high pitch into left-center field to drive in the go-ahead run. With Aroldis Chapman still waiting for one more negative COVID test in order to return, Zack Britton came in to close it out in the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a ground ball to Torres at short that Torres struggled to come up cleanly with. The throw to first, which was a failed challenge by Boone, was late, and Emilio Bonifacio replaced Cabrera at first.
A passed ball by Gary Sanchez moved Bonifacio up to second, putting the tying run at second and giving the Nats’ a terrific time to strike. On a 3-2 pitch to Victor Robles, Bonifacio took off for third. The pitch was called ball 4, and the throw to third was not in time. However, Bonifacio overslid the bag, Gio Urshela did a fantastic job to stay with the play and tag Bonifacio out. A fly ball to Aaron Hicks in center by Yan Gomes, and a ground ball to Torres at short by the speedy Michael A. Taylor was enough to close the game out for Zack Britton, giving the Yankees the 3-2 win.
“After the first hit, I felt a little bit more confident,” Gleyber said when asked about his 3-4, 2 RBI day. “The first couple games, I was feeling too excited. Today, I just tried to do the same as I always do, I tried to put the ball in play and I got an opportunity to help the team. I think I did my job.”
When asked about the error in the 8th inning, Torres, who has always owned up to his mistakes, said; “Turner is really fast guy, he hit it straight to me. I think I got a little rush early. I feel so bad in that situation, but always I believe in Khanle, he throw the pitch really well, and after my error he dominated the last few guys.”
When asked about the error, Khanle said; “Any time one of our guys makes an error, I’m always trying to give them something like ‘Hey, you this, its OK. What I really wanted is for him to get the next ball and turn a double play. Errors are part of the game”.
As stated earlier, Patrick Corbin was cruising up until the Torres home run knocked him out of the game. When asked about pitching against the Yankees for just the second time in his career, Corbin said, “Yeah, I remember pitching in Yankee Stadium which was cool my first year, first full season, so having family there, I know a lot of my family back in Syracuse were watching this today so, it’s just good to have baseball back to where friends, family and the fans back home can enjoy it.”
The Yankees will head to Philadelphia to play the Phillies, reuniting with former Yankee manager Joe Girardi, and former shortstop Didi Gregorious who is off to a hot start this season. After two games away, the Phillies will travel to the Bronx for the Yankees home opener. The Nationals will host the Toronto Blue Jays essentially for 4 games, as the Blue Jays will not be able play in Buffalo until August 11th.
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