San Diego Tops Yankees With a Bullpen Parade

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Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer during a big first inning against Masahiro Tanaka, and San Diego Manager Andy Green burned through his bullpen to help the Padres hold off the Yankees, 5-4, on a soggy Tuesday night in the Bronx.

The Yankees tried to rally in the rain, getting three runs in the seventh inning during a stretch when Green used four pitchers to face eight batters — not exactly endearing himself to fans huddled under ponchos and umbrellas. San Diego escaped the seventh on Gary Sanchez’s flyout. Craig Stammen pitched the eighth and the former Yankee reliever Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances.

The game ended when video review overturned a safe call on D. J. LeMahieu’s grounder, giving the Padres a double play.

“First walk-off on a replay,” Hosmer said with a laugh. “That was nice.”

Hosmer’s shot came during a four-run first, and Greg Garcia legged out a hit on a perfect safety squeeze in the sixth — one of two bunt singles for San Diego.

Sanchez hit a solo homer in the fourth for the American League East-leading Yankees, who lost for the third time in 15 games. It was Sanchez’s 17th homer, one short of his total from an injury-spoiled 2018.

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Eric Lauer (4-4) pitched one-run ball over five and a third innings for San Diego, getting four strikeouts and allowing four hits. The Padres stopped a two-game slide that followed a five-game winning streak.

Tanaka (3-4) ended a string of solid starts, giving up five runs in six innings.

“I think a testament to Masa, on a night when he had to search for it a little bit, he was able to navigate through six innings,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said.

Lauer allowed one-out singles to Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks in the sixth. He was then was lifted for the right-hander Matt Wisler, who struck out Sanchez and got a hard line-out to left field from Gleyber Torres to hold a 5-1 lead.

Lightning struck nearby during the next inning break, and a burst of showers sent fans scrambling for cover during the top of the seventh.

That’s when Green got the bullpen parade going.

Brad Wieck opened the seventh for San Diego, walked one and got a strikeout, then handed off to Phil Maton. He walked a batter and was replaced by Robbie Erlin, and Erlin allowed a single to load the bases before Green signaled for Craig Stammen. The last change was met by boos echoing from the Yankee Stadium concourses, where fans hid from the downpour.

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LeMahieu greeted Stammen with a two-run single, Voit grounded a single off the third base bag to reload the bases and Hicks made it 5-4 on a fielder’s choice before Sanchez cut comeback short with a harmless fly to left.

“I think the walks probably led to some of that decision making,” Green said. “You walk leadoff batters, first guys you face, we went into that seventh inning hoping Wieck could just take that inning and run with it.”

Major League Baseball plans to institute a rule change for 2020 mandating that pitchers face at least three batters each or pitch until the end of an inning.



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