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Another clutch hit by Gleyber Torres powers Yankees to win over Rays in series opener


Coming off a two-game split with a tough Washington Nationals team, the Yankees sent Domingo German to the hill Thursday evening to kick off a four game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. After striking out nine batters in his last outing against the New York Mets, German brought his strikeout stuff with him to the stadium tonight. As has been customary for German so far this year, he gave up an early run on a first inning homer by Matt Duffy but settled down after that. German has put together a string of good starts and he seems to be settling into the rotation nicely. Thanks to some timely offense, he earned his first win of the season tonight. Domingo completed six innings for the third straight outing and allowed three runs while striking out 10. His stuff was so good in fact, that he generated a ridiculous 26 swinging strikes in just six innings. Tonight was a good night for Domingo. 

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The score remained 1-0 Rays until the top of the third when Johnny Field walked and eventually came around to score on a single by Wilson Ramos to make the score 2-0. While the Rays got some early hits off German, Rays starter Blake Snell held the Yankees in check for the first half of this game. Snell has been tough this year and the Yankees didn’t break through against him until the bottom of the fifth inning. It started with one man out, when Aaron Hicks launched a solo homer into the right field seats. An Aaron Judge single and a Gary Sanchez walk followed. That brought up Gleyber Torres who continued his incredible clutch hitting, crushing a three-run home run into the left field seats to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead.

The Rays would get one back in the top of the sixth when Jake Bauers singled and came around to score on a single by Joey Wendle to make the score 4-3. That would turn out to be the final score of this ball game as the Yankees used a combination of Chad Green, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman to lock down the victory.

What’s Next?  
The Yankees and the Rays will continue this series tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium with first pitch coming at 7:05 pm on WPIX. The probable starters will be familiar face Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.94 ERA) for the Rays and Jonathan Loaisiga, making his major league debut for the Yankees.  

Article by Matt Graziano

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