Game 22 : But it does sting a bit when the series sweep was there for the taking, and the big hit was nowhere to be found. If great pitching is your thing, this was a game to watch! Both starters — Michael Pineda for the home team and Drew Smyly for the Rays were exceptional, and both bullpens were getting it done until something had to give. The Rays scratched out a run in the top of the 13th inning for a 3-2 victory that avoided their second consecutive sweep at the hands of the Yankees.
New York’s offense was pretty much limited to Chase Headley and Chris Young home runs, and another solid day at the plate for Jacoby Ellsbury (3-6). The trio was responsible for 6 of the 7 hits the team was able to muster.
This afternoon’s heartbreaker shouldn’t detract from what was a successful home stand, on the heels of a successful road trip. The late Oakland Raiders owner and son of Brooklyn, Al Davis once famously said “Just win, baby”. Another son of Brooklyn, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, once said “Just win series”. And that’s what the 2015 Yankees are starting to do. Godspeed, lads!
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Game 22 Notes