09/25 16:40 CDT Ginkel falters as Diamondbacks blow 3 leads in 6-4 loss to
Yankees and tie Cubs for 2nd wild card
Ginkel falters as Diamondbacks blow 3 leads in 6-4 loss to Yankees and tie Cubs
for 2nd wild card
By LARRY FLEISHER
NEW YORK (AP) --- Kevin Ginkel blew the last of the Arizona Diamondbacks' three
leads in a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday, dropping them into a tie
with the Chicago Cubs for the National League's second wild card.
Ginkel (9-1) loaded the bases in the eighth inning by allowing two singles and
a walk. He walked in the tying run by issuing a free pass to Oswald Peraza and
Gleyber Torres scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Estevan Florial to give
the Yankees their first lead.
"I just didn't have my best stuff," Ginkel said. "I know I've had a good year
and everything. I know it's crunch time and we want to win and I'm doing the
best I can. So that's just it. I think it was one of those days.
Ginkel had not allowed a run in his past eight outings but allowed three base
runners and threw 28 pitches in the eighth on Sunday.
"He's been our guy in the eighth inning the whole time," Arizona manager Torey
Lovullo said. "He felt good, he felt strong. I know it was a lot of pitches
yesterday but he was up, available and I wanted to stay with the process."
Everson Pereira added an RBI single for a 6-4 lead.
Ginkel's rough outing, which followed blown leads by Merrill Kelly in the
fourth and Ryan Thompson in the seventh, resulted in Arizona's second loss in
"Any loss is tough, period, and everything is amplified right now," Lovullo
The Diamondbacks are seeking to secure one of the NL's three wild cards to get
back into the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Arizona won six of seven
games with the Cubs earlier this month.
Rookie Corbin Carroll got two of his three hits in those innings and his
bases-loaded single in the eighth off Ian Hamilton put Arizona ahead 4-3. An
inning earlier, he stole his 51st base and scored on Gabriel Moreno's single to
snap a 2-2 tie.
"We put ourselves in a really good position a couple of times and then we just
couldn't execute on the mound and that's what cost us," Lovullo said.
Peraza hit a tying homer to open the seventh off Thompson. Thompson kept the
game tied when center fielder Alek Thomas made a leaping catch to rob Aaron
Judge of a homer.
Judge lofted a fly ball toward the Yankees bullpen but Thomas charged back and
timed his leap, stuck his glove up over the fence and completed the catch near
the 385-foot sign.
Hamilton (3-2) got the win and Clay Holmes got his 22nd save as the Yankees
moved two games over .500 a day after being eliminated from the playoffs for
the first time since 2016. New York needs three wins in its final six games to
avoid its first losing season since 1992
"Really good fun inning to see these guys execute like that," Yankees manager
Aaron Boone said of the eighth.
Thomas hit a two-run single in the first but Austin Wells hit a tying two-run
shot in the fourth.
Kelly pitched five gritty innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He struck
out five and walked two and the Yankees constantly fouled off pitches.
"Not great," Kelly said. "In my mind I didn't do my job today."
New York's Clarke Schmidt allowed two runs and three hits in four innings. He
stayed in after Carroll's single in the second deflected off his left elbow.
New York went 42-39, its poorest home record since 2014.
IN THE SEATS
The Yankees drew 3,272,243 for 80 home dates, up from 3,136,207 for 78 home
dates last year. They had 15 sellouts, none after Aug. 6 and down from 16 last
The Yankees announced a crowd of 41,096 for the makeup game from Saturday when
a bobblehead of Judge was scheduled to be handed out.
The game was sparsely attended, resulting in frequent chases for foul balls by
Diamondbacks: 2B Ketel Marte returned from an illness and walked as a pinch
hitter in the eighth. Lovullo said Marte will be in the lineup Tuesday. ... RHP
Miguel Castro returned from the paternity list after missing two games. ... RHP
Slade Cecconi, who allowed Judge's third homer Friday, was optioned to Triple-A
Yankees: RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder inflammation) was placed on the
injured list. Kahnle missed the first two months because of right biceps
tendinitis and was 1-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 42 appearances. ... 1B Anthony Rizzo
(post-concussion syndrome), who was shut down Sept. 5, said he is feeling
normal and will have one more checkup in New York during the early part of the
offseason. "I think we just ran out of time but I'm definitely feeling back to
myself, feeling a lot clearer and pretty strong," Rizzo said. ... RHP Matt
Bowman was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to replace Kahnle.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zach Davies (2-5, 6.81 ERA) opposes White Sox RHP Jose Urena
(0-6, 7.27) in the opener of a three-game series in Chicago on Tuesday.
Yankees: Michael King (4-7, 2.66) opposes Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (12-9,
3.29) Tuesday in Toronto.
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