Clint Frazier hit a dramatic three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee Saturday in the Bronx. >> Box score
Frazier turned on a 1-0 pitch from Corey Knebel (0-2) for his second career homer and first game-ending shot. He threw his helmet as he approached his teammates at home plate, unveiling his mop of red hair, which was then doused in yellow Gatorade.
Frazier had three hits and a career-high four RBIs in his sixth game. It was New York's third walk-off win this season and ended a three-game slide. Frazier, 22, was the youngest Yankee to hit a walk-off homer with the team trailing.
The Yankees improved to 7-17 since going a season-best 15 games over. 500 on June 12.
Yankees relievers retired all six batters faced today after allowing 9 ER in 10 2/3 innings in the previous two games. Dellin Betances struck out two in a perfect eighth for New York, and Aroldis Chapman (2-0) struck out the side in the ninth. Yankees pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, with starter Luis Severino racking up 10.
The Yankees play the rubber game Sunday against the Brewers Sunday in the Bronx at 1:05 p.m in their final game before the All-Star Break. Masahiro Tanaka (7-7, 5.25 ERA) faces Jimmy Nelson (7-4, 3.20).
The best thing after a bad loss, which included another bullpen implosion, is a comeback and walkoff effort.
The Yankees benefited from a good deal of pluses in Saturday's contest. They received seven strong and much needed innings from their starter and the Yanks' endgame relievers combined for two innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts and no walks.
Finally, Frazier's huge game was much needed and might demonstrate that he has what it takes to be a big star in this game. Frazier has long been a vaunted prospect and he is now maximizing his opportunity in the big leagues.
It will be interesting to see how the Yankees handle Frazier once Aaron Hicks returns from the disabled list if the rookie is still performing well. Chances are the Yankees will not keep Frazier in New York only to sit him on the bench as the fourth/fifth outfielder. This means there would have to be another injury or a trade of Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury to facilitate Frazier sticking with the big club upon Hicks' return.
Regardless of the direction, the Yankees are getting a good look at the future, and if Frazier forces the issue the club have to make some decisions with a clearly crowded outfield.