Wednesday, September 13, 2017
With the effects of Hurricane Irma forcing the series between the Yankees and Rays to Citi Field in Queens, the Yankees had a prime opportunity to capitalize on playing road games in their home city. They did just that, taking two of three from the Rays with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
A three-run second inning, highlighted by Brett Gardner’s two-run single, and another strong showing from one of baseball’s best bullpens paved the way for the win.
The Yankees now trail Boston by 3 1/2 games in the American League East race and increased their lead over the Twins to 3 1/2 for the top Wild Card spot. Both Boston and Minnesota are scheduled to play later on Wednesday.
Huge win considering the matchup on the day, as Chris Archer had some ridiculous numbers against the Yankees coming into day (including going at least 6 innings in a whole bunch of games in a row) and the Yankees had Jaime Garcia, but they pulled it off.
It was clear in the fifth inning, with Chad Green available, Garcia was going to be going batter-to-batter, even with a rwo-run lead, but Garcia was still pissed off when he was removed after giving up a two-out single in front of Evan Longoria. Even when Girardi came to talk to Garcia later, Garcia wasn’t having it.
Green was amazing, as always, and Tommy Kahnle pitched in and out of trouble, but then Dellin Betances was wild again, so Girardi pulled him with two outs in the 8th inning and brought in Chapman, who quickly walked his first batter and then gave up an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria (who won the game last night for the Rays), who was 6-10 in this series. Wow. Chapman then struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. Then, in the ninth, Chapman led off the inning with a walk to the #9 hitter, but then struck out the next three batters to earn the save.
The Yankee offense was awfully anemic tonight, including some very poor hitting with runners in scoring position late (bases loaded and 1 out - no runs, first and third and no outs - no runs) but they got enough runs to pull out the series win. Back to 13 games over .500. Not too shabby.
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