Yankees Walk off, New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics 8/31/19
August 31, 2019
NEW YORK — It took five tries and a trip to both ballparks, but the Yankees finally managed to beat the A’s in 2019. The wait was well worth it, as they made it happen in walk-off fashion on Saturday.
With a stalemate still in place in the bottom of the 11th inning, DJ LeMahieu came out swinging at the first pitch and smashed a solo homer to right-center field to give the Yanks a 4-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.
LeMahieu hadn’t managed a hit all day to that point, going 0-for-4 in his previous plate appearances, including three strikeouts, but his first knock couldn’t have come at a better time. It was the third walk-off hit of his career and the fifth walk-off win overall this season for the Yankees.
With the victory, the Yankees improved to 7-2 in extra-inning games this season, and they topped off a strong August with a 21-9 record — their most victories in a calendar month since August 2009, the year they last won the World Series.
Even as the game passed the four-hour mark, LeMahieu wasn’t really thinking about ending it so abruptly. As the leadoff man in the frame, he was just trying to put the ball in play to start a rally for the Yanks. But when his hit found a place in the seats instead, he wasn’t exactly mad about it.
“It was a pretty good feeling,” LeMahieu said. “[I] didn’t really help the team at the plate too much today, so it was good to come through there at the end. I think I get in trouble when I try to do too much. I think that goes for a lot of guys, so I was just trying to see a pitch to hit and hit it hard.”
LeMahieu wasn’t the only one who showed a penchant for heroics on Saturday, as the Yankees needed every run they could scratch together to finally overcome the A’s. It just so happened that all four on the scoreboard came via the long ball, which gave New York a grand total of 74 in August, adding to its Major League record for home runs in a calendar month.