DJ LeMahieu homer, Isiah Kiner-Falefa tenth inning walk-off hit lead Yankees to win over Padres

DJ LeMahieu talked about he felt “shut” to clicking after Friday’s loss to the Padres, nevertheless he didn’t have the outcomes to level out for it. That changed Saturday.

LeMahieu, who entered the game slashing .133/.188/.133 with zero extra-base hits over his remaining 32 plate appearances, generated the Yankees’ first two runs in opposition to San Diego on Saturday. That set the stage for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, whose walk-off single inside the tenth inning off Fordham product Nick Martinez shut the door on a 3-2, series-tying, Yankees win inside the Bronx.

“It feels good,” Kiner-Falefa talked about of his first Yankees walk-off. “It was loud, so I felt like slightly child on the market operating round. It was a dream come true.”

Added LeMahieu: “It was simply a kind of at-bats, you knew he was going to get a success.”

As for LeMahieu, he started his day with an RBI single off Michael Wacha inside the first inning. Wacha, a Yankees killer, settled in for a while after that, nevertheless LeMahieu acquired to the right-hander as soon as extra inside the seventh when he tied the game at two with a solo home run. The liner was LeMahieu’s first longball since Could 10 and his first extra-base hit since Could 16, nevertheless he talked about he didn’t change one thing going into the day.

“Simply outcomes have been totally different,” LeMahieu continued. “Felt good, felt snug. I’ve confronted Wacha a lot in my profession. I form of know what to anticipate.”

Whereas LeMahieu had Wacha’s amount Saturday, the veteran solely surrendered these two runs over seven innings. He struck out 4 and walked none.

Luis Severino, within the meantime, appeared sharp in his second start of the season. Pitching in entrance of the home crowd for the first time this yr, the righty held the Padres to not less than one earned run over 6.2 innings. He walked three and struck out 5 whereas tallying 82 pitches.

“I assumed his stuff was nice,” Aaron Boone talked about. “The velo was there, however he was actually crisp, and he had a superb slider. He combined in his changeup, too. Was forward within the depend. To be as environment friendly as he was, too, that’s Sevy at his greatest proper there. That’s what it regarded prefer to me.”

Severino sounded pleased collectively together with his second start, and he’s making an attempt forward to construct up further after a spring teaching lat harm delayed the beginning of his season.

“I really feel fairly good, really feel fairly wholesome,” Severino talked about. “It’s a matter of getting extra pitches in.”

Severino’s one earned run stemmed from a Fernando Tatis Jr. homer inside the fourth inning. It was El Niño’s second dinger of a sequence via which he’s heard a great deal of boos and chants of “steroids” from Yankees followers.

Severino exited inside the seventh following an error from Gleyber Torres. Michael King took over from there, and Ha-Seong Kim proceeded to hit an RBI single that gave the Padres a 2-1 lead. However LeMahieu tied points up inside the bottom of the inning sooner than Kiner-Falefa took care of enterprise in extras.

After the game, Boone praised the utility man, not only for his large hit, nevertheless for his willingness to embrace a model new place after starting at shortstop remaining season.

“You get character reveals on a regular basis on this recreation, since you’re gonna face tough waters, you’re gonna face adversity,” Boone talked about of Kiner-Falefa, who struggled remaining yr. “It reveals itself, and what it’s revealed is a man that wishes to exit and be a part of a workforce, and be a part of a profitable workforce, and be a part of it right here and stick his nostril in there and get higher on a regular basis.”

The Yankees and Padres will wrap up their East-West showdown on Sunday when Gerrit Cole takes the ball for the pinstripers.

Cole is coming off a poor outing in opposition to the Orioles, as he allowed 5 earned runs and two homers on Could 23 at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees ace is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA and 70 strikeouts over 67.2 innings and 11 begins this season.

The Padres will ship Yu Darvish to the mound, making for an thrilling pitching matchup. Darvish is 3-3 this season with a 3.67 ERA and 57 strikeouts. He’s logged 54 innings over 9 begins.