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New York Yankees Reaction: Bombers Power Their Way To 9-8 Victory (Highlights)

The New York Yankees used three home runs to power eight of their nine runs en route to a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies. 

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At first, this matinee between the Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees seemed bleak as the Bombers appeared as if they were about to suffer another disappointing loss. However, a comeback capped off by a Starlin Castro home run in the ninth made it all good as they won today’s contest 9-8.

After both teams exchanged scoreless frames, Chase Headley stepped up with the bases loaded with the intent to put the Yankees on the board. Let’s just say he did that and more.

On the first pitch he saw, Headley smacked a 433-foot grand slam to center field off Jon Gray to give his team a 4-0 lead.

It was Headley’s first grand slam since September 9 of 2012 and the first Yankees’ grand slam since August 18 of last season when Alex Rodriguez hit one against the Minnesota Twins.

Despite the run support, CC Sabathia was unable to hold the lead as he gave up a two-run bloop single to Charlie Blackmon the very next inning which cut the lead in half.

It was at that moment where we experienced Sabathia’s first non-quality start since April 22. Since then and entering today, he owned a 1.26 ERA while holding batters to a .193 batting average. 

Following the RBI by Blackmon, Nick Hundley hit a three-run shot to put the Rockies ahead 5-4. It was Hundley’s fourth home run of the year and his second home run in his last two games played.

That also took Sabathia out of the game. He went 4.1 innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits while striking out three.

Following a Trevor Story double that made it 6-4 Colorado in the fifth, Ryan Raburn made his presence felt by hitting a two-run shot off Anthony Swarzak into the left field bullpen that, at the time, felt like a nail in the coffin for the New York Yankees.

But the Rockies forgot about someone named Carlos Beltran. In the bottom of the seventh inning with the Yankees down by four but threatening, Beltran lifted a three-run home run off Jordan Lyles into the bleachers in right to pull the Yankees within one run.

It was the 39-year old’s 19th home run of the year which already matches his total from a year ago. In the month of June, Beltran owns a .344/.373/.656 slash line with now seven home runs. If it weren’t for him, I truly wonder how many games under .500 the Yankees would be in. Hmm…

Later that same innings with Miguel Castro on the hill for the Rockies, Didi Gregorius singled on a line drive to left field to score Brian McCann to knot the ballgame up at eight apiece.

Since June 7, Didi has been nothing short of amazing for the Bombers. Not only is he slashing .367/.415/.612 with an OPS of 1.027 but he is coming through time and time again when his team needs him the most.

Last week, he drilled a go-ahead three-run bomb against the Minnesota Twins to spark a Yankees’ comeback and today he ripped a game-tying single in the bottom of the seventh to give his team a chance to win.

From a WAR perspective, Didi doesn’t pop from the page. Take a look deeper and you’ll see just how much of a saving grace Gregorius has been during his short New York Yankee tenure.

The Rockies’ bats went quiet thanks in large part to the dominance of “No Run DMC” which gave the Yankees a chance to win today’s contest in walk-off fashion and Castro answered that call.

With Jason Motte pitching for the Rockies, the Yankees’ second baseman slammed a walk-off solo blast into the second deck in left which gave New York their first win since Saturday and their 19th win at Yankee Stadium.

Play Of The Day:

Left fielder Brett Gardner doesn’t have a strong arm unless you’re comparing him to Jacoby Ellsbury, but he gunned down a run at the plate with a strong and accurate one-hop throw to McCann that nabbed Blackmon from scoring from second hit by Nolan Arenado in the first inning.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will take a day off before welcoming the Minnesota Twins to Yankee Stadium for a three-game set in the Bronx with the intent to make it to .500 yet again.

Masahiro Tanaka will get a second chance to take care of the Twins after giving New York one of his best efforts of the season against them a week ago by holding them to a run on seven hits over eight innings of work.

Opposing him will be Tommy Milone who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in order to take the roster spot of Pat Dean. In seven Minor League starts, Milone owned a 4-0 record with a 1.66 ERA including 41 strikeouts compared to four walks.

Complete coverage will begin at six on YES with first pitch coming your way at 7:05 PM ET.

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