Saturday, July 29, 2017
Brett Gardner’s walk-off single in the ninth gave the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. It was Gardner’s second game-winning hit of this four-game series for the Yankees (56-46), who won their sixth in a row and maintained their position in first place in the American League East. The third-place Rays (53-52) lost their third straight to fall to 4 1/2 games behind New York.
“We’ve had exciting games recently,” Gardner said. “I just came up in a big spot and I was able to get a good pitch to hit.”
Chase Headley, who delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth, drew a leadoff walk from Brad Boxberger to start the ninth, and he did so after falling behind 0-2.
Who’s this new first baseman that the Yankees picked up? He can hit a little.
Seriously, though, this is nuts - in a very much good way. Second walk off win in three days, staying in first place for at least one more day and clinching their third series win in a row.
The downside was their supposedly awesome bullpen keeps giving up runs. David Robertson, in particular, has given up two home runs in his last three appearances. That’s not good. And Caleb Smith boning his chance at a rotation spot is a shame, as well. Bryan Mitchell might be the better option at this point and Bryan Mitchell is not a good option. Sonny Gray, come on down!
Let’s hope that Jordan Montgomery can keep the good times of this week going in the series finale tomorrow!
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