When All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list with a knee problem, it was widely believed the Yankees had enough depth in their bullpen to thrive for however long the gas-throwing lefty was out.
Based on the past two games, that belief was blind faith and leads to questions about the Yankees’ ability to keep the Athletics from stealing the top spot in the AL wild-card race.
“That was a kick to the stomach, no doubt about it,’’ Aaron Boone said Friday about Thursday’s loss to the Tigers, in which Dellin Betances gave up three runs and two homers in the ninth. “That’s as tough of a loss as we had.’’
That blow was softened Friday night when the Yankees bounced back to grab a 7-5 win over the Tigers in front of 41,026 thanks to three homers in the sixth inning by Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar, and a three-run eighth inning that was highlighted by Gleyber Torres’ two-run, two-out single.
After Zach Britton pitched ineffectively, David Robertson was asked to close out the victory and he did that by recording the final three outs, though not before allowing a single and a walk.
Managers Aaron Boone and Ron Gardenhire were ejected in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively.
Britton gave up the tying run in the seventh and the go-ahead run in the eighth when he loaded the bases without getting an out first.
Britton replaced Jonathan Holder with runners on first and second with two outs and the Yankees leading, 4-3, in the seventh. He gave up a single to the left-handed hitting Jim Adduci that scored JaCoby Jones. Right fielder Neil Walker smartly threw to third to get Nicholas Castellanos for the final out.
Gardner opened the eighth with a double to right off right-hander Joe Jimenez, who walked Hicks after striking out Giancarlo Stanton.
Andujar struck out on a 2-2 pitch. With the count full to Luke Voit, Jimenez and the rest of the Tigers believed Voit had struck out on a check swing. But when plate umpire Nic Lentz asked first base ump Paul Nauret if Voit had gone too far Nauret ruled it was ball four.
Gardenhire came out of the third-base dugout with his arms in the air at Nauret and was tossed immediately. Jimenez had to be restrained by teammates from getting close to Nauret.
With the bases loaded, righty Alex Wilson was brought into face Torres and his sinking line drive single hit left fielder Mikie Mahtook in the head when dove for the ball. Torres was credited with two RBIs and made second on the throw home. Walker was walked intentionally with the count, 3-0, to load the bases with two outs. Austin Romine’s infield single scored Voit for a 7-5 lead.
Jonathan Holder replaced Luis Severino to start the seventh with a one-run lead after Severino gave up three runs, six hits and struck out 10 which was one shy of his season-high which he has done twice. The six innings were the most Severino went since going seven on Aug. 8 against the White Sox in Chicago.
A one-hop smash to second baseman Dawel Lugo by Austin Romine leading off the sixth inning was ruled an error and kept Jordan Zimmerman’s no-hit bid alive. Ronald Torreyes forced Romine at second with a grounder to short.
Gardner, who was hitting .195 (22-for-113) in August and had struck out in the first and fourth innings, drove a 2-0 fastball from Zimmerman into the second deck of the right-field seats for his 11th homer and made it a one-run game. Following Giancarlo Stanton’s stress-free fly to center, Hicks crushed a 0-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers for his 23rd homer and tied the score, 3-3. Two pitches later Andujar put the Yankees ahead, 4-3, with a towering homer to left with his 23rd homer.
Boone didn’t like plate umpire Nic Lentz calling a 1-1 pitch to Torres in the fifth inning a strike. Boone let Lentz know about it from the first-base dugout and was ejected. Boone then went to the plate area and vented with Lentz. Boone then squatted behind the plate and showed Lentz that catcher James McCann manipulated his glove to frame a strike that wasn’t there. More words from Boone were followed by his walk to the dugout which led to the clubhouse.
It was Boone’s third ejection of the season.
Trailing, 1-0, to start the fourth Severino was greeted by McCann’s leadoff double to right before JaCoby Jones fanned on three pitches. Dawel Lugo, the No. 9 hitter, singled sharply to right that put runners at the corners for Jeimer Candelario and he whiffed on a 2-2 pitch clocked at 97-mph.
Severino’s next pitch was hit for a two-run triple to right field by Jim Adduci off a first-pitch slider that extended the Tigers’ lead to 3-0. Severino responded by striking out Nicholas Castellanos.
Severino gave up harmless singles in the second and third innings in addition to striking out five in the opening three frames. He added a sixth to end the fourth but prior to Ronny Rodriguez striking out Nick Goodrum drove a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a 1-0 Tigers lead.
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