Saturday, April 23, 2016

New York Yankees win a thriller on a walk-off homerun

The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 3-2.  Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and pitched well, the bullpen was good and Brett Gardner led the offense with three hits and two RBI including the game winning homerun. 

Tanaka pitched seven innings giving up five hits and two runs.  He walked one and struck out seven.  Dellin Betances pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts and Andrew Miller earned his first win of the season pitching an inning giving up a hit. 

Blake Snell started for the Rays and made his major league debut.  He pitched five innings giving up two hits and a run with a walk and six strikeouts.  Enny Romero pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and an unearned run with a walk and a strikeout, Xavier Cedeno pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout and Erasmo Ramirez took his first loss of the season pitching two innings and giving up three hits and a run with a strikeout. 

Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit, Gardner had three hits and two RBI and Carlos Beltran drew a walk.  Mark Teixeira had a hit, Brian McCann had a hit and drew a walk and Starlin Castro had a hit.  Chase Headley drew a walk and Gardner hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.  Gardner had a stolen base. 

Logan Morrison had a hit, Corey Dickerson had three hits and an RBI and Desmond Jennings drew a walk.  Kevin Kiermaier had two hits and an RBI, Morrison and Dickerson each hit a double.  Kiermaier hit a homerun and the Rays were 1-3 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.  Kiermaier was caught stealing, Miller and Casali each committed an error. 

In the first a wild pitch gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Dickerson hit an RBI double to tie the game at one.  Kiermaier hit a solo homerun in the fifth to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.  Gardner hit an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game at two.  In the ninth Gardner  hit a walk-off solo homerun to give the Yankees a 3-2 win. 

The Yankees have won two in a row and will go for the three game sweep on Sunday afternoon.  Michael Pineda will start for the Yankees against Drew Smyly. 

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