NEW YORK – Neil Walker got through with the late-game heroics with a walk -On home run off Dylan Covey (4-12) on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, changing the narrative of a game that the Yankees once seemed destined to lose.
Walker's home run helped Yankees walk away with a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. They battled back and got to the bullpen before their bats finally warmed up.
Lance Lynn performed a high-wire act of sorts and nearly made it to the end of the line. Lynn was on track for the loss.
But the story changed in the eighth inning, as it often does in baseball, with one swing of the bat. Aaron Hicks' two-run homer off Juan Minaya tied the game at 4-4 turning things around for the Yankees.
Dellin Betances (4-3) shut the White Sox down in the eighth and Walker rewrote the ending all on his own.
Lynn, a The Red Sox in the AL East race, blanked the White Sox through four innings before finally yielding a run in the fifth. Jonathan Holder allowed two inherited runners to score plus one of his own.
Lynn was charged with three earned runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five in a performance that was otherwise solid considering what he had to pitch behind: Nothing.
Chicago White Sox pitcher James Shields delivers The Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo: Bill Kostroun, AP)
Big Game James
James Shields and his multiple arm angles flummoxed the Yankees all night. He one-hit the Yankees through five innings, ultimately limiting them to two earned runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Bird is not the word
Greg Bird has failed to take flight this season. Bird went 0-for-4 and botched a routine grounder. But it was not just the 0-for-3 on the score sheet, it was what he did it.
Avisail Garcia makes a leaping catch in the second inning. In the fifth inning, Bird's hard liner was snared by first baseman Matt Davidson, who then doubled off Gleyber Torres for an unassisted double play.
Then, with Yankees desperately needing the rally to continue in the sixth, Bird came up to the plate to face left-hander Jace Frye, who was brought in to get the left-handed bird out.
Frye did his job.
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