MLB: McCann’s Walk-Off Hit Helps Yanks Sweep Reds
With the score tied at two in the bottom of the ninth, Brian McCann hit a blooper to shallow right field, and the Reds watched it hit the ground as Jacoby Ellsbury scored from third, giving the Yankees a walk-off 3-2 win.
Sunday saw a slow offensive game from both sides during game three, but New York managed to earn the sweep at Yankee Stadium. Cincinnati’s powerhouse, Johnny Cueto, pitched a solid game up until the fifth inning and Hiroki Kuroda pitched a successful 6 2/3 innings to allow just one unearned run.
The Reds were the first team to cross the plate and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. It all started with an error by second baseman Brian Roberts to put Zack Cozart on first. Ramon Santiago bunted to move Cozart to second, and Skip Schumaker doubled to bring in the first run of the game.
New York didn’t wait long to return the favor, and jumped ahead in the second half of the inning. Cueto walked Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner to put a runner in scoring position. Derek Jeter did what he always does well, and sent an outside pitch to right field on a line drive, scoring Johnson. Ellsbury followed with a single to give his team a one-run advantage.
It wasn’t until the eighth when we would see the next run. The Reds started the inning with a single to center field by Schumaker. With Dellin Betances on the pitchers mound, Schumaker made an attempt to steal, but left too early and got caught. The next hit was a home run by Todd Frazier to tie the game at two. Frazier sent a high, inside pitch to left field, marking his 20th of the season.
Ellsbury’s wheels in the ninth proved to be a big part in the Yankees walk-off win. He started the inning with a single to left, and didn’t wait for an opportunity to take second and third, marking his 27th stolen base of the season.
McCann’s hit, which should have been an easy out, left Frazier, Schumaker and Jay Bruce staring at the ball as it hit the ground to give New York the sweep.
Although Aroldis Chapman couldn’t hold the Yankees, he struck out Mark Teixeira, setting a record of at least one strike out in 42 straight appearances.