Yankees catcher Jose Trevino walks away from the Cubs in 2-1 win in the Extras


Yankees catcher Jose Trevino walks away from the Cubs in 2-1 win in the Extras

The last thing the Yankees needed or wanted was a long game after the final game of the series against the Twins, and in classic cruel baseball fashion, that’s exactly what the Yankees got with this 13-inning marathon. After sitting on the bench all game, All-Star Contestant Jose Trevino was once again the hero who scored the winning goal for Joey Gallo.

On a night where both teams stayed shotless for their first 36 attempts with runners in goal position, it was the lone RISP hit that set the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning. It wasn’t ideal, but the Yankees pulled it off and won the opener against the Cubs 2-1.

The game started with a nice ritual by Cubs rookie Christopher Morel. The leading batsman starts the game by enthusiastically greeting both the catcher and the umpire, and also tipping his helmet onto the opposing starter (Luis Severino in this case). Morel would strike at three spots as Severino let his things work early. The right-hander eliminated five of the first six hitters he faced via the K.

The end of the second inning got an interesting start as Josh Donaldson made a 0-1 change in the low and drove away for a double on the left field line. The hit had an expected batting average of .160, according to Statcast.

Gleyber Torres got a chance to drive it, and the Yankees second baseman drilled a ball with an exit speed of 110.4 MPH and an expected batting average of .850. Unfortunately, coming second, it found Nick Madrigal’s glove. Cubs starter Wade Miley would bring in Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka, put Donaldson in goal position and help set the tone for the night.

The Cubs also started the next inning with a leadoff double from Jason Heyward. The Cubs outfielder moved up to third and also failed to score as he was kicked out at home for a weak grounder by Morel.

The Yankees thought they picked Morel first and challenged the game, but the call stood and gave Willson Contreras (the current best-hitting catcher in baseball) a chance to get a single and create a scoring situation for the Cubs. He would do just that and set the stage for Ian Happ.

Happ looked to close the gap with a left-center liner that could have put in a couple of runs for the visiting Cubs, but Judge – who keeps getting more playing time in midfield – proved why he’d been afforded that opportunity by smashing it with one Detecting dive catch and keeping the score at 0-0.

At the end of the third, Giancarlo hit Stanton with an out and corner runners. The Yankees right fielder picked up a 3-2 cutter that came straight off the plate but could have been called either way. That at-bat passed the baton to a man you want with the bases in Donaldson, a career hitter of .379 with five grand slams in these situations. This time the DH stepped in to end the inning.

There was a slight delay to start the end of the fourth inning as Miley felt something during warm-up throws after throwing three frames without a goal. He had to be taken out of the game early and entrusted the goalless matchup to the Chicago bullpen.

Daniel Norris came in and needed some time to warm up properly and the first hitter he faced hit him deep. The lucky recipient of this unusual opportunity was Torres:

Gleyber’s home run, on the other hand, was his 11th in 2022 – two more than last year in over 300 other record appearances.

Sevy had been on cruise control through the first inning but ran into trouble in the fifth inning against bottom. Jason Heyward – who had already hit him hard on his previous plate appearance – took Sevy deep to tie the game. The Yankees’ starter allowed the next two baserunners to reach base, but managed to limit the damage to one run, and one by one got Contreras, Happ and Frank Schwindel to finish the frame.

In the top of the sixth inning, a certain pitch went a long way in helping Severino go six strong in another hugely positive game. Sevy scored Rafael Ortega 3-2 after leading Patrick Wisdom to an off-frame lead. The runner took off and what looked like ball four was called a strike, and Higgy knocked out Wisdom, who didn’t even slip:

What could have been two with no outs became two outs and the bases were empty for the Cubs. Severino’s last line spanned six innings with a seven-hit run ball and a walk. For the second straight outing, he knocked out 10 batters.

On a night when Rizzo saw the Cubs for the first time after trading last season, the Yankees also saw an old acquaintance in David Robertson. The 2009 playoff hero managed to keep the home side off the board in the round of 16, despite allowing a couple of batters to reach base as he defeated Torres and Hicks to escape the jewel.

Manager Aaron Boone used Miguel Castro, Michael King and Clay Holmes to close the gap after Severino scored six points in that hard-fought game, with each scoring a goalless frame from the sixth through the ninth. For Holmes, it was his 28th straight shutout inning.

Clarke Schmidt faced a big task in the 10th against the Heart of the Cubs Order. Contreras landed on a hard-hit ball and after falling 2-0 on the count against Happ, Schmidt led him on purpose and Schwindel slammed into a double to end the threat.

The Yankees got to the bottom of the 10th inning and needed just a single run to win the game and Aaron Judge was the first hitter. Unfortunately, the downside to the extra innings rule is that Cubs skipper David Ross had an easy decision to intentionally go judge and take his chances with Rizzo.

With runners in first and second place and only one run to win the game, the Yankees failed to capitalize. Rizzo slammed straight into Broadway with a fastball, Gallo followed to the mound with a soft grounder, and Donaldson flew to the stretch in left field.

The game was tied 1-1–10, and Schmidt returned outside for a second inning of work. After a popout from Wisdom, Schmidt got a double play on a line drive right at him and a throwback for second place:

Once again, the Cubs intentionally went into the 11th-place bottom with the leadoff batter. Walk-off specialist Torres had to take his base and again they failed to score. Hicks was taken away with what appeared to be the decisive hit with a line drive to the third who was caught. Higashioka and Isiah Kiner-Falefa were also retired. The game dragged on.

Yankees reliefs Wandy Peralta and Ron Marinaccio did a terrific job of continuously frustrating the Cubs’ hitters and keeping them off the board in the 12th and 13th, respectively. Though the trio of DJ LeMahieu, Rizzo and Gallo came up short on the former, the Yankees eventually managed to make a run-cross on the latter.

The end of the 13th started with a pair of outs from Donaldson and Torres. Hicks was due and the Cubs decided to lead him to Higgy on purpose. Boone countered with Trevino off the bench and the pinch hitter said enough is enough:

With that, the ball game was over and Trevino was bullied on the field. He’s now hitting .290/.340/.462 with a 133 wRC+ in 38 games – a remarkable start to his 2022 campaign.

What’s next?

Jordan Montgomery takes over the ball for the second game of this series against Matt Swarmer on Saturday. The first pitch is at 7:15 p.m. ET on Fox.

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