Saturday, July 1, 2017
So much for the Yankees being weary following an early-morning arrival in Houston on Friday.
Instead, the Yankees feasted on the Astros’ fatigued bullpen, tagging relievers Michael Feliz and Reymin Guduan for three runs apiece before Brett Gardner (3-for-5, career-high-tying six RBIs) delivered the kill shot with a seventh-inning grand slam off James Hoyt that sent the Bombers to a 13-4 win in the series opener at Minute Maid Park.
“It’s our only option, really,” Gardner said. “We come here into Houston against arguably the best team in baseball, best team in the American League for sure, and they’ve been playing really good. Under tough circumstances with everything [Thursday] night and getting in early [Friday] morning, it was a big win for us.”
That clearly was exactly what we all expected would happen, naturally. Especially after the Yankees were down 3-1, every single one of us looked at the game and said, “The Yankees will outscore them 12-1 over the next four innings.” Well done, all of us, for predicting what would happen precisely!
In other news, the Yankees are calling up Clint Frazier to become their new regular outfielder (splitting time with Gardner, Ellsbury and Judge, with the one who is not playing the outfield DHing). They are being very aggressive with their young players. I dig it! Now that June is over, hopefully the Yankees won’t suffer an injury to a player every game anymore!
Let’s hope that Jordan Montgomery can somehow pitch well enough that this win becomes more than just a blip that every one of us saw coming from a mile away.
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