Giancarlo Stanton’s ninth inning grand slam broke open a close game and the Yanks took Game 1 of the best-of-five ALDS from the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-3.
The Yanks got on the board right away in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a WP, to third on a groundout, and scored on a SF by Aaron Hicks.
Tampa Bay came right back in the bottom of the first on a HR by Randy Arozarena off of Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole.
The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third on a HR by Clint Frazier.
For whatever reason, one-time Yankee Ji-Man Choi seems to own Cole. He hit a 2-run HR in the borrom of the fourth to put the Rays ahead 3-2.
The Yanks came right back in the top of the fifth. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a HR to tie the game, and one out later, Aaron Judge homered to put the Yanks up 4-3.
Cole escaped a bases-loaded jam in the botttom of the fifth.
It stayed 4-3 until the top of the ninth. Higashioka singled to lead off the inning, then LeMahieu walked. After an out, Hicks singled in Higashioka. Tyler Wade, who had replaced Luke Voit for defensive purposes, walked. Stanton then hit his grand slam to break the game open. The Yanks reloaded the bases but didn’t score again.
As I had hoped, Deivi Garcia will start Game 2 tonight. Less pressure on the rookie, especially after the Yanks won Game 1.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge solo HR
Hicks 3 hits, 2 RBI
Stanton grand slam, 4 RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Frazier solo HR
Higashioka solo HR, 2 hits
Cole (Winner) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.