LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Beat Rays On Odd Night At Citi Field

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Yankees Beat Rays On Odd Night At Citi Field

Things were odd before the game even began.

As usual, the Yankees showed up at Citi Field as the road team, but they played the Tampa Bay Rays. Also, the Mets home park was beautiful as usual, but only the lower bowl was open. Then, the game began.

After the Yankees tied the game in the fourth, the Rays' Jake Odorizzi induced a ground ball from Matt Holliday. Even in real time the ball seemed to roll past third base in slow motion. Trevor Plouffe looked stymied as he watched it go down the third base line. 

The oddness continued after that, when birthday boy Jacoby Ellsbury induced the 30th catcher's interference of his career, setting a new MLB record, previously held by Pete Rose. I wonder how many times Ellsbury has scored after a catcher's interference. He scored after this one, when Todd Frazier hit his 24th home-run of the year.

Then, what a surprise! More oddness. David Robertson relieved CC Sabathia in the fifth inning, going 2.2 innings and picking up the win. D-Rob was great, but they won't have him tonight because of it. Sonny Gray, who starts tonight, is supposed to be an innings eater, but I haven't seen much eating since he's gotten to New York. He'd better be ready to stuff his face tonight, because I doubt Dellin Betances will be available either.

The Yankees moved to within three games of idle Boston, and increased their Wild Card lead to four games. Nineteen games to go. Let's get this done!

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