In the final game of a three game series with the Rays, the Yankees got a great bounce back performance from their rookie Luis Severino. He was able to strike out seven while only giving up one run. The Yankees were able to grind out a victory, and win another series.
In the second inning the Yankees were able to get on the board. Carlos Beltran worked a lead off walk in the top of the second. The following at-bat Greg Bird smoked a line drive to centerfield, and was able to score Beltran from first. With Greg Bird on second and no outs, the Yankees were not able to bring him home, but still had the early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning the Yankees were able to add an insurance run. Brian McCann and Greg Bird were able to walk. Then Chase Headley got a two-out base hit, and was able to score McCann to make it 2-0. The Rays were able to answer in the bottom of the sixth. James Loney was able to get on base with one out. Then Steven Souza Jr. hit a double that was able to score Loney to make the score 2-1.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh Joe Girardi brought in Dellin Betances to get the final out of the inning. Betances however walked the next three batters to load them up for James Loney who was 3-for-3. Fortunately Betances was able to strike him out on three pitches, and get out of his own jam.
Betances cruised through the bottom of the eighth with a 1-2-3 inning. Then in the top of the ninth Greg Bird continued his great night with a solo home run to make it 3-1.
Andrew Miller came into the bottom of the ninth, and closed out the game, and gave the Yankees a much-needed win.
The Yankees get some rest on Thursday and get ready for the final stretch of the season. Friday, starts one of the most exciting subway series’ in recent memory. This is the first time that the Mets and Yankees will play a full series in September, and both will be making the final push for the playoffs.
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