- Timely hitting (Stephen Drew with a 2-run double and solo blast from Brett Gardner)
- Solid defense (Chase Headley snagging a liner down the 3B line with a RISP)
- Effective pitching (6 IP from starter Michael Pineda and three scoreless innings from the bullpen
- A little bit of luck (Mookie Betts was called out on a double steal in the bottom of the 8th inning but replays seem to show he should have been called safe.)
Despite the weekend shellacking of the Atlanta Braves, the Yankees offense is clearly not at full strength. Between Mark Teixeira being sidelined with what has to be the worst bone bruise in the history of the game, the fact that Greg Bird is going through some expected rookie struggles with the bat and Jacoby Ellsbury is still trying to find his groove, means it's important that the Yankees find ways to win these close games. Odds are that they’ll be in their fair share of them.
After letting their division lead slip away in August, the Yankees are now in the position of watching their rivals win (or hopefully lose) in the clubhouse after the game and hoping for the best. As Joe Girardi would say, “It’s not what you want," but if the Yankees can improve on their 21-21 record in one-run games by winning these types of games, they will be where they want to be in the end.