Ellsbury, Gregorius power Yankees past Dodgers
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[September 14, 2016]
NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury and
Didi Gregorius began Tuesday getting rest but were available if
Eventually their bats were required, and their left-handed swings
kept the New York Yankees very much alive in their playoff chase.
Ellsbury and Gregorius homered on consecutive pitches with one in
the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Ellsbury did not start because manager Joe Girardi wanted to give
him a day off against a left-handed starter after he played 11 days
in a row. Girardi said he told Ellsbury on Friday that he would have
Tuesday off, but when Aaron Judge injured his right oblique on a
swing in the fourth inning Tuesday, the center fielder was needed.
Gregorius did not start for the second straight game because of
recent soreness, specifically a right rib ailment that might have
contributed to a 3-for-34 slump in his past nine games. However,
once it was apparent the Yankees needed some more offense, Gregorius
was told to get ready to possibly hit for Ronald Torreyes in the
sixth or seventh inning.
Ellsbury capped a nine-pitch at-bat by lifting a full-count
curveball from right-hander Ross Stripling into the second deck for
a 1-0 lead in the seventh. It was his ninth home run and fifth in
his past 22 games after he had one in the previous 58 games.
"I'm not surprised," Girardi said. "I thought Jacoby put on a really
good at-bat on Stripling. He kept fouling pitches off and got a
Moments after Ellsbury crossed the plate and while he was still
accepting handshakes in the dugout from teammates, Gregorius drove a
first-pitch fastball into the right-center-field seats. It was the
shortstop's 18th home run and first career pinch-hit home run.
"He was throwing cutters and fastballs, so I decided to be
aggressive," Gregorius said.
Those hits along with rookie Gary Sanchez's 14th home run in the
eighth off Jesse Chavez helped the Yankees (77-67) win for the
eighth time in 10 games.
"Huge, late in the game to come off the bench and put up great
at-bats, we needed it," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said.
New York remained two games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the
second American League wild-card spot and is four behind the AL
East-leading Red Sox. The Yankees visit Boston for a four-game
series beginning Thursday.
CC Sabathia put the Yankees in position to win late by allowing
three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out seven, walked
one and threw 93 pitches before getting a loud ovation.
Adam Warren (3-1) recorded the final two outs in the seventh for the
win, Tyler Clippard gave up a two-out single to Howie Kendrick in
the eighth and was replaced by Dellin Betances.
Betances, pitching for the first time since Friday, quickly recorded
the final out of the eighth and tossed a scoreless ninth for his
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Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) hits a home run against
the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium.
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Los Angeles rookie left-hander Julio Urias allowed four hits in 3
2/3 scoreless innings. Before the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts
said Urias was heading to the bullpen as part of a plan to limit his
"I'm very happy, and that's up to the team whether it's my last
outing whether they want to give me some rest or they want to take
me out of the bullpen," Urias said through an interpreter. "That's
up to the coaches and to the team, and I'll be happy with whatever
decision they take."
Urias' 14th start ended when he loaded the bases by walking Judge on
a full count. Earlier in the plate appearance, Judge grimaced on a
foul ball but stayed in the game before getting pulled when the
Yankees noticed he was not running well.
The Dodgers (81-63) lost for the third time in 10 games and were
shut out for the 10th time as they continued struggling against
"I don't think we fared too well (against Sabathia)," Roberts said.
"I think that we had a good plan in place and he made pitches. As we
finish out the next 18 games, we're going to see some left-handed
pitching and rightfully so. So there's got to be some point where we
NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RF Aaron Judge will probably
be out "a while" and Rob Refsnyder will be the everyday right
fielder. Girardi also added he will discuss with GM Brian Cashman
about bringing up another outfielder from Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. .... Los Angeles RHP Brett Anderson (blister
on left index finger) will start Game 3 for Triple-A Oklahoma City
in the Pacific Coast League championship series against El Paso. ...
RHP Brandon McCarthy (right hip stiffness) and LHP Alex Wood (elbow
impingement) will throw in simulated games this weekend when the
Dodgers are in Arizona.
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