FOUR. IN. A. ROW! We call that a win streak! You hear that, New York Yankees fans?! It’s real! Momentum heading into Fenway Park for a four-game set against the Boston Red Sox.
On Wednesday night, the Yankees got their revenge on the Philadelphia Phillies with a two-game sweep of their own after they dropped two at Citizen’s Bank Park back in June.
But it wasn’t pretty. Still going with a skeleton crew, the Bombers started Asher Wojciechowski (who actually wasn’t bad!) and a lineup that relied on far too many Triple-A players. After grabbing a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh, New York’s bullpen coughed it right back up in the top of the eighth.
And what do you know … that prompted some trash talk from the Phillies’ broadcast. Do we expect anything less from the worst sports city in America? (They’re tied with Boston.)
Some might say this one got out of hand because of manager Aaron Boone’s decisions. Shocker! Would’ve never guessed that on any given night.
The truth is, an untimely Gleyber Torres error, followed by two unforgivable Zack Britton walks, may have forced Boone’s hand. Or did it? Because bringing in Nick Nelson, who hasn’t sniffed action in two weeks, with the bases loaded seems like a pretty easy decision not to make.
The Phillies broadcast roasted the Yankees, but New York came out on top.
Can’t say the Phillies broadcast doesn’t have a point! Also, though … your payroll is like $185 million? And you have about zero recognizable relievers and arguably the worst bullpen in the league running on, like, three years now?
Also … the Yankees’ calling on “these guys” couldn’t help the Phillies, who have three hitters in Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto and Andrew McCutchen making $20 million or more per season, get a win?
The joke is on … you, then.
My god! That’s Ryan LaMarre’s music! After Brooks Kriske (yup! another one of those guys Boone had to call upon) escaped the top of the 10th with the free runner on second, the Yankees took care of business in the bottom half.
Gleyber Torres shocked eeryone with a spot-on sac bunt to move Gary Sanchez to third base. Then Boone called on ANOTHER one of “those guys” when he pinch hit Ryan LaMarre for Brett Gardner. The Phillies sported five infielders, and LaMarre simply poked the first pitch he saw into the air and over the right fielder’s head. Game over.
Yankees win. Thanks to “these guys.”