Brett Gardner's walk-off home run leads Yankees to a 3-2 win

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, the Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays for the middle game of a three game set. Masahiro Tanaka toed the rubber and had another solid outing as in seven innings the righty struck out seven and allowed only two runs. 23-year-old Blake Snell made his MLB debut and was impressive, striking out seven and allowing one run. 

Photo Credit: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II
First Inning:
Tanaka looked sharp in the first, setting the Rays down in order. Carlos Beltran was walked and moved to third by a Mark Teixeira single. Beltran scored on a wild pitch and A-Rod missed a 2-run homer by a matter of inches. (Yankees 1-0)

Second Inning:
The Rays went down 1-2-3 in the 2nd. Snell rebounded nicely, striking out the side. (Yankees 1-0)

Third Inning:
The Yankees and Rays went down quietly in the 3rd. (Yankees 1-0)

Fourth Inning:
Corey Dickerson hit a 2-out double that scored Logan Morrison. Snell continued his fine work as he set the Yankees down 1-2-3. (Tied 1-1)

Fifth Inning:
Kevin Kiermaier smashed a solo homer off the right field foul pole to give the Rays the lead at 2-1. The Yankees couldn’t get anything going offensively. (Rays 2-1)

Sixth Inning:
Tanaka continued his solid outing into the 6th, quieting the Rays lineup. The Yankees wasted Brett Gardner’s leadoff single and could not score in the inning. (Rays 2-1)

Seventh Inning:
Masahiro Tanaka threw a beautiful 7th, setting the Rays down in order with 2 K’s. Brian McCann and Chase Headley drew walks while Jacoby Ellsbury got on from catcher’s interference. Brett Gardner then ripped a line drive single off of Xavier Cedeno’s glove that scored McCann. The Yankees left the bases loaded after Carlos Beltran grounded out. (Tied 2-2)

Photo Credit: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II
Eighth Inning:
Dellin Betances came out and tossed another gem, a 1-2-3 inning with two punchouts. Despite back-to-back two out singles from McCann and Starlin Castro, Chase Headley ended the inning with a groundout. (Tied 2-2)

Ninth Inning:
Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless top half of the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, with two outs, nobody on, and the count at 3-1, Brett Gardner drilled the next pitch OVER THE RIGHT FIELD WALL & the Yankees WON 3-2!! What a great way to win.

Article by: Phil Akre
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