When Aroldis Chapman was fined for throwing over a batter’s head earlier this week, the Yankees closer used a lack of fastball command as an alibi, pointing to the delayed start to his season. His appeal is still yet to be heard, but we may have some more evidence to bolster that case.
Chapman issued a walk in the bottom of the ninth, then surrendered a game-tying home run to J.D. Davis as the Yankees blew their second lead of the game. Pete Alonso hit a game-winning home run off rookie Albert Abreu in the 10th, sending the Yankees to a 9-7 loss on Thursday at Citi Field.
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The Yankees held leads of 4-0 and 7-4 in the contest, seeing the latter reduced to one run as Zack Britton surrender a two-run single to Amed Rosario. Chapman issued a leadoff walk to Jeff McNeil. Pinch-runner Billy Hamilton took second on a balk, but the speedster inexplicably tried to steal third base, where he was nabbed by a strong Kyle Higashioka throw.
DON'T RUN ON… HIGGY! pic.twitter.com/WHorLezyrg
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Chapman grooved an 0-2 pitch to Davis, who homered over the center-field wall. In the 10th, Tyler Wade matched Hamilton’s gaffe by running into a double play, and Alonso launched Abreu’s second pitch over the left-field wall to end the four-hour contest. The Yankees have played three extra-inning games this year, all against the Mets.
The Bombers were in control early, sending 10 men to the plate in the second inning while pouncing on Robert Gsellman for four runs and four hits. Two hits and a walk loaded the bases before Wade cashed the first run with an RBI single. DJ LeMahieu lifted a sacrifice fly and Luke Voit mashed a two-run double.
Bronx boys brought the bats. pic.twitter.com/nXVnwS51tq
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 3, 2020