To say that right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar has been through the ringer would be a severe understatement. The former White Sox righty saw his 2018 campaign come to an abrupt end after he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm last April, causing him to vomit and collapse in the dugout just moments after making an appearance for the team.
Following the incident, Farquhar was hospitalized for approximately two weeks before his release. He was eventually cleared to deliver a ceremonial first pitch for the White Sox later that summer, but did not return for another formal relief appearance over the course of the season. After electing free agency in October, he picked up a minor league deal with the Yankees that included an invitation to spring training.
On Saturday, Farquhar was the first man out of the bullpen during the Yankees’ away game against the Pirates, marking his first official pitching appearance in nearly a full year. It wasn’t an unqualified success — the 32-year-old lasted just 1/3 of an inning and gave up five runs on three hits and two walks — but that didn’t faze the reliever or his teammates.
“Obviously, the results weren’t great, but I’d call it a good day,” he told reporters. “I’ve never been high-fived so much giving up five runs in my career.”
For now, the most important thing is making sure Farquhar is healthy and remains in stable enough condition to return to a full-time role with the team. Hopefully, the results will come later.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.