Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Evan Longoria had joked that there is no such thing as a “neutral site” when playing against the Yankees, whose followers always seem to travel quite well. Todd Frazier’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning as the Bombers made the interborough trip a memorable one, powering a 5-1 victory over the Rays on Monday evening at Citi Field.
In the first of three games relocated to Queens by Hurricane Irma, right-hander Jake Odorizzi held New York hitless through the first three innings before requiring 51 pitches to record two outs in the fourth, a barrage highlighted by Frazier’s 24th homer of the season and his eighth since being traded to the Yankees.
“It just seems like when you come to the ballpark right now, something good is going to happen,” Frazier said. “It could be any guy, and it has been. The pitching has been there, the hitting has been there, and we’re clicking right now at the right time.”
With their eighth victory in 11 games, the Yankees moved within three games of the idle Red Sox in the American League East race. Tampa Bay fell four games behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card; the Yankees hold the first AL Wild Card spot.
This was a big time win. CC didn’t look great and Odorizzi was dominating and the Yankees still ended up getting the big victory. This was one of those rare occasions when the Yankee bullpen came in early and did not give up a run. Joe Girardi boldly went to David Robertson in the fifth inning when the leverage was at its highest and it worked out great. It was nice to see him willing to pull CC in a tough spot and deprive CC from a win. CC seemed to take it in stride. In a funny bit, apparently CC found out that Todd Frazier has a web site where he sells merchandise based on himself (you know, towels, blankets, etc) and CC was so amused that he bought a Todd Frazier blanket for everyone on the team. Good stuff.
This win allowed me to avoid having to say “in the loss column” now, and I can just say that the Yankees are three back of the Red Sox in the AL East race,four ahead of Minnesota in the Wild Card race and five ahead of the Angels, six ahead of the Rangers and seven ahead of the Royals (eight ahead of the Orioles and Mariners). So long as the Yankees keep on winning, they will be in good shape. 13 games over .500 is very impressive.
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