Yankees offense explodes in ALDS Game 1 Rays rout


So much for the Yankees who are stupidly accused of relying too much on the home run.In what almost turned out to be a perfect game, the Yankees clocked four home runs, including a Giancarlo Stanton grand slam in the ninth inning, en route to a 9-3 win over the Rays in the ALDS opener on Monday night. at Petco Park.

The second best-of-five game of the affair is Tuesday night. The Yankees look to Deivi Garcia, 21, and the Rays will start Tyler Glasnow.

There was more than a shower of power to the Yankees’ third straight playoff win.

Gerrit Cole provided six innings of good, but not dominant, throws. Gio Urshela made two sensational defensive plays third in the second set. In addition to the homeroom, Kyle Higashioka blocked many balls in the dirt. Aaron Hicks led in two points. Chad Green and Zack Britton each provided a goalless sleeve of relief while working with one = run cushions.

As for the flexing Yankees, Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge joined Stanton and Higashioka in the home run circle.

Kyle Higashioka (l) and Aaron Judge celebrate in Game 1 of the Yankees victory over the Rays.
Kyle Higashioka (l) and Aaron Judge celebrate in Game 1 of the Yankees victory over the Rays.Corey Sipkin

“It was big, it was huge, coming out like we did just carrying their pitchers the whole game,” said Stanton, whose Grand Slam turned a 5-3 lead in the ninth into a bulge. six points.

In his first playoff start, Frazier crushed a 1-0 shot from Blake Snell with a time of 96 mph in the left-field seats through third. Higashioka and Judge scored Snell’s fifth goal, and Stanton’s shot fell on John Curtiss.

“It was high time, it was good. It was really what we needed today, ”Stanton said of his Grand Slam, which was his third homer in three playoff games. “But I don’t see it that way. We have more to do [Tuesday] and the next day. I appreciate that a bit, but at the same time, we have some work to do. ”

After giving up a solo homerun to Randy Arozarena in the first and a two-point explosion to personal foe Ji-Man Choi (8 for 12 with three homers against the Yankee ace) in the fourth, Cole won his fifth. when he loaded the bases after taking out the first two batters. He then hit Manuel Margot with a 100 mph fastball to kill the scoring threat.

” It’s funny. Great pitch, great moment. I executed it perfectly, ”said Cole, who clocked a perfect sixth and struck out the last two hitters he faced with fastballs measured at 99 and 97 mph. “Happy because I really got a bit of a mess there. ”

Hicks, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, increased the Yankees’ lead to 5-3 in the ninth with a single scoring a run past Tyler Wade marching to charge the bases for Stanton who unloaded on a 2-2 ground that crossed the marine layer of the evening Southern California and on the fence of the central field.

With the lead at 9-3, Aroldis Chapman sat in the bullpen and Luis Cessa worked the ninth. That doesn’t sound like much, but if ALDS go to five games with no days off, every manager would like to avoid using their A-list relievers as much as they can.

The Rays have won eight of ten games against the Yankees in the regular season. And there’s been a lot of talk about teams admitting that they don’t care about each other.

The ledger now reads, 1-0, Yankees and there was no sign of real ill will.

What stands out in Game 2, other than the Yankees trying to take a chance on newbie Garcia, is how important it is to the Rays.

“Find a way to do it,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s a must-see scenario for us. “


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