The New York Yankees just continued to obliterate opposing pitchers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series last night. The Yankees hit three home runs off of Blake Snell and a big grand slam from Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth en route to a 9-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees came to the plate very patient and looked to just make contact each time up. This forced Blake Snell to throw 84 pitches through five innings. The Yankees finished the game with fifteen hits, with five of those coming in the ninth inning. Every hitter that was at the plate from the Yankees starting lineup finished the game with at least a hit.
Gerrit Cole didn’t look bad but he didn’t look the best. He finished the game with the win, and went six innings giving up six hits and three runs. Cole also walked two batters and struck out eight, including a huge strikeout to get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth.
Yankees strike first, but Rays tie-
The Yankees started the game off with a hard fought at-bat from DJ LeMahieu resulting in a single. An Aaron Hicks sacrifice fly allowed LeMahieu to score, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead early. Gerrit Cole got the first two Rays batters, but gave up a solo homer to Randy Arozarena to right center field to tie it. The second inning was scoreless, but Clint Frazier put the Yankees in front 2-1 on the top of the third, hitting a solo shot to deep left field. Cole worked a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the third, with the Yankees up 2-1 heading into the fourth.
Yankees re gain the lead-
The Yankees didn’t get anything going in the top of the fourth, but the Rays struck in the bottom half. The notorious Gerrit Cole killer, Ji-Man Choi hit a two run homer to center, giving the Rays a 3-2 lead, their first and only lead of the ballgame. The Yankees clapped back fast in the fifth, with a leadoff homer off the bat of Kyle Higashioka, tying it. Then two batters later Aaron Judge hit a frozen rope home-run to left to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Snell departed the game at the end of the fifth.
Gerrit Cole exits the game-
The Rays were knocking on the door in the fifth, loading the bases with two outs. Gerrit Cole got out of it, striking out Manuel Margot with a 100 MPH fastball at the top of the zone to end the inning. Ryan Thompson pitched a shutout sixth and seventh for the Rays, and Cole departed at the end of the sixth. Chad Green pitched a shutout seventh for the Yankees, handing the ball to Zack Britton for the eighth. Britton allowed a baserunner, but Britton kept the Yankees one run lead heading into the ninth, where the damage occurred.
Domination in the ninth-
The Yankees plated five runs off John Curtiss in the ninth, starting off with an RBI single from Aaron Hicks to extend the Yankee lead to 5-3. The big blow came off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, a grand slam to deep center to make it a 9-3 ballgame. This put the game out of reach for the Rays. Luis Cessa came on and shut the door, securing a Yankee victory. The savages were out in full force last night, roughing up the “stable” for 9 runs off of 15 hits. The Yankees take on the Rays at Petco Park for Game 2 tonight at 8:10 EST.