LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Win Close One Over Jays

Friday, April 20, 2018

Yankees Win Close One Over Jays

Now that's more like it.

Recent exploits of the New York Yankees have been all over the board. Last weekend the Yankees took the first game of a three game series at Detroit. There would be no other game. Credit the Yankees with a one game to none series win at Detroit. (Which makes you wonder why they would schedule the Yankees' only trip to Detroit so early in the season. Now another visit back to the Motor City looms as part of a 13 game stretch away from the Bronx with a June 4th doubleheader added to make up for the two games which were called due to ice.)

Then Miami came calling with their AAA lineup--at best (except old friend Starlin Castro and probably Justin Bour) and the Yankees dismantled the lowly Marlins 12-1 in a Monday night game back in the Bronx. Looking for a sweep of the brief two game series the Yankees sent Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. After five horrible innings, Tanaka was in the showers, having surrendered mega runs as the Yankees were still looking for their first hit (though there were walks aplenty) Long story short, the Yankees were manhandled by the lowly Fish 9-1 with the shutout erased by Miguel Andujar's first Major League home run in the 9th inning.

And no one was happy.

So after another day off the Yankees played the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time this season--series-wise. These two teams split a four game series in the late March opening series in Toronto. It was not a laugher and the Blue Jays were not put away until Aroldis Chapman recorded his third strikeout of the ninth inning, saving a 4-3 victory. And old friend Tyler Clippard allowed the Yankees one insurance run, which was needed, surrendering a 7th inning solo home run to Aaron Judge. Judge joins Didi Gregorius on the Yankee leader board with five home runs apiece.

These are the kinds of games that win pennants, I've always thought. Nice when a win comes by a lopsided score, but these one run games, especially winning them, are golden. I seem to remember last year the Yankees were terrible in one run games. Kudos to Judge for hitting the deciding home run. CC Sabathia is back but he didn't get out of the fifth inning. That's okay. Sabathia wasn't all that bad and we should expect better results next time around as he builds up innings and pitch counts. So kudos to Chad Green, the winning pitcher, who stepped in for Sabathia and closed the door through the sixth inning. Dellin Betances got through a key seventh inning with no damage. Chapman closed it out with the three K's after David Robertson pitched his way into a bases loaded jam and pitched out of it with allowing a run to score but no other damage. It could have been worse for Robertson

A win is a win, 4-3 or 12-1. They all count. Yanks go up one game above .500 at 9-8 on the season. Here's hoping .500 remains in their rear view mirror until it fades in the far distance.

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