Brandon McCarthy‘s Yankees debut was overshadowed by the injury to Masahiro Tanaka and it was once again overshadowed by the 4 hour and 51 minute game. However, with Jacoby Ellsbury‘s go-ahead blast in the 14th inning, the Yankees were able to rally and come away with the victory in a 5-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
While the Yankees were down 3-0 in the fourth inning, Mark Teixeira hit a towering home run to right to put the Yankees on the board. The Yankees continued to tack on runs in the fifth inning on a Brian McCann SAC Fly and Teixeira’s second home run of the game, this one being a two-run shot. The Yankees didn’t score again until the 14th inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a go-ahead blast.
Brandon McCarthy started the game for the Yankees and was everything the Yankees advertised. In 6.2 innings, he gave up four runs (one earned) on nine hits while striking out three. Matt Thornton retired his batter, Dellin Betances had a scoreless inning and Adam Warren had a scoreless 1.1 innings but the Yankees faced a bump in the road in the 10th. David Huff came on the mound and walked three batters, loading the bases and forcing Joe Girardi to go the Shawn Kelley. Kelley was able to notch a strikeout and a ground-out to get out of the 10th before the bullpen continued their smooth sailing. Chase Whitley pitched 2 innings and David Robertson came in the game, earning his 22nd save of the season.
– The Yankees are going to send David Phelps to the mound for the series finale (the starter for Thursday was originally TBA) where he will face T.J. House of the Indians. The first pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.