Sit down. Are you sitting down? Good. The Yankees just won a game in Tampa.
They won a game in Tampa where Brett Gardner was caught off third as the go-ahead run in the ninth. They won a game in Tampa where DJ LeMahieu banged into a bases-loaded, one-out double play down a run in the seventh. They won the toughest game in Tampa there was to win out of all three games played this weekend.
Was this…the most-needed late-inning miracle in recent Yankees history?
There are flaws upon flaws on this roster, which is still being held together by paper and tape and still couldn’t produce the big hit until Gleyber Torres’ game-tying knock in the eighth. They are 4-5 and just captured a pathos-inducing victory, though.
Recency bias is both good and bad.
After failure upon failure upon failure, it was Rougned Odor, the newest Yankee, who blooped a full-count pitch into center to break the tie with two outs in the ninth. A strike away from yet another catastrophe, the Yankees had a lead they would not relinquish.
It would only expand.
Newest Yankees infielder Rougned Odor beat the Rays Sunday.
It was, at that moment, that the Rays and Yankees officially swapped bodies.
Gary Sanchez rocked a single up the middle to the exact spot where it always feel like the Rays hide an extra defender.
It didn’t work.
Then, all with two outs, Gio Urshela rocketed another single to right (he’s back, by the way, after striking one of the hardest homers you’ll ever see earlier in this game). Manuel Margot waited on it to make a strong throw home…only for the turf to take it way over his head and to the wall.
And who closed it out, after Chad Green, Darren O’Day and Aroldis Chapman were all outright perfect?
Albert Abreu, of course, the true newest Yankee. 99 MPH heaters, 1-2-3 to a group that included Randy Arozarena and Austin Meadows.
There are still problems to solve here. The starting pitchers don’t eat many innings. The offense could’ve finished this in five or six innings if they’d really wanted to.
But by God, it feels nice to beat the Rays in this building. Especially after they complained about two Jordan Montgomery fastballs that slipped and went high and tight. Good riddance to this awful carpeted nightmare…for now. We got one.