Yankees Bullpen Blows Up, Tomlin Over Cashes

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The Highlights

  • The Yankees-Indians total was set at 10.5
  • New York led 5-0 in the eighth inning before its usually dominant bullpen imploded

It was the flavor of the night, as everyone lined up to bet the over 10.5 in a game where Josh Tomlin (and his 9.16 ERA entering play) faced the Bronx Bombers in their bandbox of a park.

As the game progressed, however, it looked like under bettors would be the ones celebrating. While Tomlin did give up five runs on three home runs, CC Sabathia threw 6.0 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball.

Carrying a 5-0 lead into the seventh, the Yanks turned to their dominant bullpen, which hadn’t allowed more than one earned run in its last 13 outings.

But Cleveland hitters weren’t intimated.


The Yankees’ pen started out OK, as reliever Dellin Betances pitched a clean seventh. New York called on Chasen Shreve (pictured above) for the eighth inning, but that didn’t go as swimmingly. After a Yan Gomes walk and a Rajai Davis single, Bradley Zimmer belted a three-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-3.


Under bettors started to get nervous, but they still had two runs to spare and that usually strong New York relief corps.

Once again, however, things didn’t go according to plan for the Yanks.

After a single by the the next batter, Francisco Lindor, Shreve got the hook.

In came David Robertson to shut the door. After he retired Jason Kipnis for the first out of the inning, order was somewhat restored. But that was only temporary, as Jose Ramirez then hit one out to tie the game 5-5.


An Aaron Judge walk in the bottom of the eighth put the inevitable 11th run of the game on the scoreboard, breaking the hearts of under bettors and making the day of over bettors.

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