LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Play Two (Sort Of) To Complete Sweep Of Cubs

Monday, May 8, 2017

Yankees Play Two (Sort Of) To Complete Sweep Of Cubs

Did you stay up for all 18 innings? Did you see every pitch? Every strikeout? Every catch?

I'll just speak for myself: No, no, no and no. I had to be up early this morning.

I turned it off after Aaron Judge's RBI triple, which made me laugh because the ESPN camera operator had to adjust after preparing to shoot a home run. Being a poor sleeper, I checked my phone a short time later, saw that Aroldis Chapman had blown the save, and assumed that the World Champion Cubs would find a way to pull out a win. I was satisfied: the Yankees would take two out of three against a great team and I would have gotten to see Judge, my new favorite player, do something nice.

So, imagine my shock a few hours later when I looked at my phone and saw that it was the 17th inning! At that point I couldn't go back to sleep, but I was too nervous to actually turn on the game. I tossed and turned for the next half hour, alternating between checking my phone and trying to find something non-sports related on the radio. When Ollie James tweeted another of his great score updates, which revealed Chasen Shreve would try to close out the game for the Yankees, I thought, Yeah. The Cubs will walk it off.

But Shreve was great. In fact, the entire Yankee bullpen, with the exception of Chapman, of course, stepped up in the biggest way possible: 9.1 innings, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 13 strikeouts.

Eighteen innings total. Ernie Banks did say, "Let's play two." That's sort of what they did last night!

A great game, and a great series. Coming from behind on Friday, a slug-fest on Saturday, and the game that was played last night. It's almost enough to make me think what many have been thinking about this team lately, that they could do something really special this year. Almost enough. It's still only May. But compared to what was happening last year at this time, "almost" is pretty nice. Yes, indeed.

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