NEW YORK — Chris Young could have used many words to describe the Yankees’ biggest comeback win of the season, but he chose a nearly perfect one for an ex-Met.
“It was amazing,” said Young, who just needed to drop the “g” to make it just right.
Still, close enough. Along with Brian McCann, Young led the way on a night the offense was as alive and the solid bullpen as good as they’ve been on any night this year.
Down four runs before they even came to bat, the Yankees would normally be done for the evening. Instead, McCann accounted for the first three runs — a solo shot and a two-run single — while Young was a triple shy of a cycle. He used the term “amazing” three times in the postgame.
Young’s fourth inning home run tied the game at four. It also made Young — who was a $7.5 million disappointment across town — the second player to go deep for both the Yankees and Mets in the same season, according to Elias. Dave Kingman did it in 1977.
A comeback win such as the one the Yankees orchestrated usually doesn’t happen without pitching. The Yankees bullpen picked up starter Chris Capuano — who lasted one out and gave up four runs — by holding the Rays scoreless until a meaningless, two-out, ninth-inning homer from Evan Longoria.
“The main thing was the pitching staff putting up seven zeroes,” Young said.
For a night, the Yankees were a complete team. The hits were legitimate, while the relievers just shut down the Rays. It was the type of night that hasn’t been seen much this year.
“That is a good team win,” Mark Teixeira said.
It was, for a change. To borrow a phrase, it was so out of character, it could be fairly described as “Amazin’.”
By Andrew Marchand