Ronald Torreyes hit a walk-off single against Rangers’ closer Matt Bush to push the Yankees to their 40th win of the season.Embed from Getty Images
“He filled in extremely well for Didi when Didi was out. He’s always ready to play. He’s very valuable because he can do so many things,” said Joe Girardi about Torreyes’s value to the team.
After the Rangers took a 1 to 0 lead in the ninth on a Gary Sánchez passed ball, Brett Gardner bailed the Yankees out with his 14th home run of the year to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.Embed from Getty Images
It didn’t get easier. Carlos Gómez reached on a fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and Mike Napoli walked to put Chad Green in trouble. Chasen Shreve came on to pitch around another walk to retire Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus in the 10th inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, Sánchez and Gregorius singled to give Torreyes the opportunity to drive in the winning run. The backup infielder also turned in several highlight reel plays to keep Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees in the game.
Tanaka redeemed himself big-time, pitching eight innings of shutout baseball on three hits, two walks and nine strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman pitched around sketchy control to allow just one unearned run in the top of the ninth.Embed from Getty Images