By Sam Bush
The reigning World Series champ Nats had a trumpet in their dugout yesterday.
But after their bullpen blew a lead, the question was why!
Facing two of Washington’s top relievers, Gleyber Torres homered in the seventh inning to begin the rally from a two-run hole, then tacked on a go-ahead single in the eighth, lifting New York to a 3-2 victory for wins in two of three games in the season-opening series.
Torres had started 2020 by going 0 for 7 before delivering hits in three consecutive at-bats Sunday.
“I felt a little more confident,” the shortstop said. “The first couple games, I was a little too excited.”
“We were waiting for Gleyber to break out,” said Luke Voit, who also homered, “and today he finally broke out in a clutch way.”
On a sunny afternoon, with the temperature topping 90, Washington’s Patrick Corbin retired 18 of the first 19 Yankees batters, Trea Turner homered off Jonathan Loaisiga, and Eric Thames provided an RBI single.
But with one out in the seventh, Torres took Corbin deep on a first-pitch fastball to make it 2-1.
“A low heater in,” Corbin said. “Probably would have liked it a little more in.”