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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Josh Donaldson delivers for New York Yankees with grand slam walk-off in 10th inning

Josh Donaldson knew the ball left the park the second it left his bat. And the New York Yankees needed this one.

Down 7-4 going into the bottom of the 10th inning, they were facing a sweep by the Tampa Bay Rays and their fourth straight loss when Donaldson came to the plate. But as his line-drive grand slam exited the park, Donaldson knew the victory meant more to the Yankees in the bigger picture amid their roughest stretch this season. The 8-7 walk-off win marked only their third win this month, as they have dropped 11 games since the start of August.

“The guys were pumped, and I think as we talked about how the game progressed and how the back-and-forth battle happened there, we came back with our backs against the wall,” Donaldson said. “There was a release of some joy and frustration.”

The Rays took the lead in the 10th inning when Francisco Mejia hit a bases-loaded double with two outs, scoring Roman Quinn, Isaac Paredes and Taylor Walls. Amid the Yankees’ recent struggles with their late-inning relief and with Clay Holmes placed on the injured list earlier Wednesday after his worst stretch of the season, closer Aroldis Chapman seemed to exacerbate those issues, allowing two earned runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning.

Even as New York’s chances of winning took a major hit—dropping to 9.1% heading into the bottom of the 10th, according to FanGraphs—the Yankees believed they could still pull out the victory.

“We never lose the vibe in the dugout when we were losing,” said third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera, who made his major league debut Wednesday. “That was the key for today.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 10:55 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:03 PM (#6092162)
Only Babe Ruth, Jason Giambi & Josh Donaldson have hit walk-off grand slams with the Yankees down 3 runs. I saw the latter two (on TV), and IIRC, Andy once remarked on listening to the Babe’s blast on his ‘wireless’.
   2. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:39 PM (#6092170)
“We never lose the vibe in the dugout when we were losing,” said third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera, who made his major league debut Wednesday. “That was the key for today.”
It seems a bit odd for a reporter to go to the kid who just got called up earlier in the day for the intangible/inspirational quote.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 19, 2022 at 07:19 AM (#6092241)
They came back to Earth yesterday with a big, fat "Thud". They're going to regret settling for Montas when Castillo was available. It's like 2017 redux with Verlander.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 19, 2022 at 08:50 AM (#6092245)
Oh, the poor, poor Yankees! Their lead has been cut to just nine games!

Never you mind, honey chile. Your Yankees are going to win the division. They're going to win the pennant. They're going to win the World Series.

And they're going to win the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, Wimbledon, the Kentucky Derby and the Space Race. They're going to win everything because...

...there is no God.
   5. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 19, 2022 at 10:17 AM (#6092253)
Andy once remarked on listening to the Babe’s blast on his ‘wireless’.

I think you mean: crystal set.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 19, 2022 at 11:01 AM (#6092259)
Andy once remarked on listening to the Babe’s blast on his ‘wireless’.

I think you mean: crystal set.

False and false. The Yankees didn't even allow broadcasts of their games until 1939, and the Babe's walkoff was in 1925. I only saw it because I was the Yankees' batboy, and IIRC he hit it with a 3-0 count.

Not that it did them much good. They were in 7th place before the game, in 7th place after, and in 7th place at the end of the season. They were playing about on the level of the 2022 Yankees since the All-Star break.

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