New York, NY — Things started out with a bang in this matchup, and it was only a preview for this wild and back and forth game. The Yankees mashed a grand slam to score the first runs of the game in the second inning, but the Rockies would come roaring back with some great offense of their own to take the lead, only to surrender it again and eventually lose the ballgame.
In what was supposed to be a pitching a pitching duel, neither Jon Gray or C.C. Sabathia were at their best in this game. Gray looked off from the beginning, and the first big play of the game was when he allowed a grand slam to Chase Headley. Gray would allow three total hits in this start, but only lasted four innings and he also walked five battles and struggled with his control.
Sabathia has been enjoying a resurgent season at the ripe age of 35 for the Yankees, but the Rockies were able to get the best of him in today’s outing. The Rockies responded quickly in the third inning after the Headley grand slam, when Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run single to center field. In the fourth inning, Nick Hundley launched a three-run blast to deep left-center field to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Rockies picked up right where they left off. Trevor Story hit a line-drive double that brought home CarGo, and then Ryan Raburn drove Story home with a two-run home run just over the center field wall.
Jordan Lyles replaced Gray in the fifth inning and went on to pitch two scoreless innings, but the seventh inning spelled trouble from the start for him. Carlos Beltran hit a no-doubter over the right field wall with two runners on base to cut the Rockies lead down to 8-7. Walt Weiss then elected to bring Boone Logan into the game, but he surrendered a double to Brian McCann. Miguel Castro was then brought in the game, only to allow a game-tying single to Didi Gregorius.
Andrew Miller made the Rockies hitters look silly in the eighth inning, and Gonzalez Germen was brought on to pitch for the Rockies in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, but then Brett Gardner popped up a bunt attempt right to Nolan Arenado. Germen then intentionally walked the dangerous Beltran to face Alex Rodriguez instead. Germen went on to strike out A-Rod and forced a groundout against McCann to end the eighth.
Aroldis Chapman entered the game for the Yankees in the ninth inning, and he brought some 103 MPH heat with him. He retired the three Rockies hitters consecutively and then Jason Motte entered the game for the Rockies. It didn’t take long for Motte’s afternoon to end as he surrendered a walk-off home run to his first batter, Starlin Castro.
The Ninth inning. Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run off Jason Motte on the second pitch of the at-bat.
Player of the Game
Starlin Castro. See above.
The Rockies come back home to Coors Field to kick off a homestand with a four-game series against the Diamondbacks. Eddie Butler vs. Zach Greinke at 6:40 MST.