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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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The Yankees Break Their 7-Game Losing Streak with a Win over the Mets

FINAL: Mets 1 Yankees 2

WP: Chapman (1-1)  LP: Betances (0-1)

The New York Yankees broke their 7-game losing streak this afternoon with a win over the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. It was a walk-off win on a wild pitch that allowed Clint Frazier to score the winning run. Aroldis Chapman 

GAME RECAP:

In the bottom of the first, Luke Voit continued his hot streak and launched a home run to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead over the Mets.

In the top of the 8th, Adam Ottavino surrendered a home run to Wilson Ramos after replaces JA Happ on the mound. Ramos’ home run tied the game at 1-1.

Then in the bottom of the 9th inning, it was Clint Frazier who scored on a wild pitch by former Yankees’ pitcher, Dellin Betances to give the Yankees a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium.

With today’s win, the Yankees break a 7-game losing streak and are back in the win column.

PITCHING LINES:

JA Happ: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR

Adam Ottavino: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR

Aroldis Chapman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR

POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCES:

AARON BOONE:

Aaron Boone met with the media following this afternoon’s victory against the Mets. “It was really good to get a victory and come in and hear music and for the guys to continue to grind,” stated Manager Aaron Boone. We pitched really well today, had great at-bats, made great plays in the field and had some winning at-bats there in the ninth inning.

Boone stated that the ninth inning matchup of Kratz vs Betances was the one he liked with the first and third spot instead of going to Gary Sanchez.

Boone also spoke on JA Happ’s Outing. He went 7.1 IP, giving up just three hits and no runs. Boone stating that it’s no secret what Happ’s been through this season, saying that his last outing he pitched really well and then on long rest this time around his focus never faltered and he put in the work between outings. Boone stating he was really proud of Happ for being able to get into the eighth inning with only 90 pitches, but stating that he felt like kind of ran out of gas in the seventh and decided to pull him after he got Cano to slow ground out in the 8th. Boone stating that Happ’s final out was symbolic for him in throwing the 2-seam fastball that was great all day to get that final out of his outing there in the eighth.

Boone spoke on the Yankees’ pitching overall, stating that Montgomery was sharp yesterday, and that Tanaka was sharp on long-rest as well.

Aaron Boone mentioning that the Yankees have a lot of the guys in the dugout and in the clubhouse, that they’re called upon to their job, they’ll do it and continue to do it every time they’re asked. Boone stating that even on long-rest, nothing is altered focus or concentration-wise with the Yankees and that the players put in the work between games and between outings.

JA HAPP:

JA Happ met with the media following his successful and impressive outing this afternoon. Happ stating it felt good to come out and be successful and he’s glad the team got the win.

Happ crediting his success to getting in a rhythm with delivery and Kratz doing a great job as well, especially throwing out that runner during the game. Happ stating he also took a little bit off and kept his fastball speed fluctuated enough to keep the hitters off balance.

Happ stated that after 12-days off, his focus was on each individual pitch and getting into a rhythm.

ERIK KRATZ:

Erik Kratz also met with the media. He was at the plate when Frazier scored the winning run. Kratz stating that the ball was so far over Ramos’ head that it died back there, which allowed Frazier to come across.

Kratz stated that everyone is relieved to finally get back in the win column and that that’s the beauty of the big leagues, is you get to win games and it doesn’t matter how it happens.

Kratz spoke on Happ’s outing, stating he was throwing strikes and attacking the zone. He stated that Happ never tried to pitch around a guy to get to another guy, was never complacent and took it to a really good lineup.\

LUKE VOIT:

Luke Voit met with the media this afternoon. He hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first that gave the Yankees the 1-0 lead early over the Mets.

Voit stating that his goal when he goes to the plate is to just have good at-bats and to attack the strike zone and do everything he can to help his team win. He stated losing sucks and he wants to find a way to get hits and runs. He said collectively, the team needs to get better at hitting with runners on, including himself and that they have to keep grinding. Voit stating that Mercer and Kratz have done a great job as well.

Voit spoke on Happ’s outing, stating that to come off of 12-days rest shows how mature and a veteran, and leader Happ is. “To show us what he’s capable of doing is very impressive,” stated Voit, who also said for Happ to go seven plus innings was perfect for the Yankees to get back in the win column.

Voit also spoke on having DJ LeMahieu back in the lineup, stating that he’s one of the best hitters in the game and can get on base, so it’s great to have him back in the lineup.

DJ LEMAHIEU:

DJ LeMahieu also met with the media this afternoon after the game, stating that the thumb felt great and it was great to be back on the field. He stated he will probably wear a thumb guard as extra precaution, but that the thumb feels great.

LeMahieu also spoke about getting back in the win column, stating that it was big and a grind-out win. While not the prettiest, it was big for the team. LeMahieu also stating that hopefully the win will spark the team and they can get back to playing the way they know how to.

Written By

Alexis Farinacci is a baseball beat writer and social media editor for the Pinstriped Prospects. Follow Alexis on Twitter & Instagram: @alexisfarinacci .

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