LADY AT THE BAT: Big Bird, Tanaka Time: Yankees Win Game 3

Monday, October 9, 2017

Big Bird, Tanaka Time: Yankees Win Game 3

Before this series began, I figured if the Yankees won one game it would count as a good showing.  Of course, I thought Friday's would be that game. After that loss, it became hard not to believe a series sweep wasn't staring down at the Yankees. It might have been, but the Yankees, to my pleasant surprise, stared right back.

Such great performances last night to stave off elimination: Masahiro Tanaka had a brilliant start. Gary Sanchez took his blocking skills to another level (an adequate level, to be honest). Aaron Judge preserved a scoreless tie by robbing Francisco Lindor of a 2-run homer. And then there was Greg Bird.

Bye, bye, Birdie! We had a lot of people saying that to Greg Bird during the season--and not because he had hit a home run. Most people thought he would never end up being a consistent player for the Yankees--at least, not this season. Greg Bird, himself, thought so, apparently, and that's all that matters. After all he has gone through, a night like last night's can't be sweeter.

So, what's next? Weather permitting, Game 4 will be played tonight at the Stadium. Trevor Bauer (on three days rest) vs Luis Severino (on extra rest). I don't usually make predictions about these things, and I won't now. But something tells me Sevy will pitch a good game. 

Go Yankees.

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