The Yankees homered their way to a 9-3 win over their division-rival Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Takeaways from Monday’s game
Gerrit Cole has been harmed by the homer throughout the season, and preceding this game, the Rays represented five of his 14 permitted. Indeed, Randy Arozarena and Ji-Man Choi added two more to the rundown. The two homers fell off the fastball – Arozarena’s a performance shot in the lower part of the principal inning while Choi’s was a two-run impact in the lower part of the fourth – that got the center of the plate.
Yet, the Yankees’ offense would assist Cole (more on that in a tad), permitting him to leave the game after six innings with the lead. He likewise helped himself in the lower part of the fifth when he struck out Manuel Margot to abandon the bases stacked with a 100.1 mph warmer. Generally speaking, Cole’s last line read six hits and two strolls for three earned runs just as eight strikeouts.
The Yankees were cherishing the long ball in this one, and the first of the arrangement originated from Clint Frazier who got his first postseason beginning of his vocation. He dispatched a 95.6 mph fastball from Rays starter Blake Snell to left field to recover the lead, 2-1. Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge would likewise hit performance bombs in the fifth inning. For Judge, it was the second of the postseason for him and fell off the bat at 110 mph.
However, it was Giancarlo Stanton’s excellent hammer in the head of the ninth inning that completely exposed open and frosted the Yankees’ success. He took John Curtiss to profound focus field to top a five-run inning. It was his solitary hit of the night yet the most intense.
Aaron Hicks had a gigantic protection run hit in the head of the ninth inning before Stanton opened things up, scoring Higashioka on a solitary to make it a 5-3 game. He additionally had a sac fly to acquire DJ LeMahieu as the principal run of the game in the head of the primary inning. Hicks had his first vocation three-hit game in the postseason also.
While Cole was fighting some area issue, Blake Snell unquestionably wasn’t acting naturally either for the Rays. He was everywhere to begin, and the Yankees weren’t gnawing at his curves in the soil. Snell left after five innings, surrendering four sudden spikes in demand for those three homers.
A note on Choi: His homer off Cole was the fourth of his vocation and he is presently 10-of-19 off him with three copies also.
Gio Urshela might not have had one of those Yankee homers, however he was doing it all in this one. He made some incredible plays in the field in the lower part of the subsequent inning, while at the same time going 2-for-5 at the dish also.
LeMahieu keeps on establishing the pace for the Yanks in that leadoff job. He had a strong nine-contribute at-bat that finished a solitary to commence the game. He completed 2-for-5 on the night with a walk.
The Yankees’ offense unmistakably carried their hot bats from Cleveland toward the west coast. They had 15 hits in this game – that was a similar number in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round – and have scored 31 runs in three games.
Additionally, their 11 grand slams in the initial three rounds of the postseason is a MLB record.
The Yankees hope to convey that force from Game 1 into Game 2 on Tuesday night at 8:10 p.m. Deivi Garcia gets his first profession postseason start against Tyler Glasnow.