The Yankees got a weight off their shoulders tonight, beating the Rays for just the second time all season. They only have one more meeting, so unfortunately the season series has already been well-decided, but the Yankees needed a win against Tampa Bay desperately. Both for confidence and for their chances in the standings, this is a step in the right direction.
We’ll have a full recap in a little while, but for now let’s run through the highlights:
Winners of the Game
Gio Urshela delivered the big blow of the game, though it wasn’t actually hit all that hard. Urshela lined a base hit into center field in the sixth inning with a pair of runners on base. Kevin Kiermaier dove for the ball and it got past him, forcing Austin Meadows to dig it out and get it into the infield. Both runners scored easily, and the throw went past home allowing Urshela to try for home. The throw beat Urshela, but a nifty slide got him past Michael Perez at the plate.
Early on though, it looked like it was going to be the DJ LeMahieu show. LeMahieu had his best game since returning from the IL, leading off the bottom of the first with a solo home run. LeMahieu came up with one out in the third inning, and repeated his result with another bomb, this time to right field.
Honorable Mentions: Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton
Loser of the Game
For breaking the losing streak against Tampa Bay, and not having any particular standout mistakes, I think we’ll go without a loser today from the Yankees.
Honorable Mention: Wild pitches being mistaken as intentionally throwing at people