Huge Sixth Inning Leads Yanks to Win vs. Rays

A huge seven-run sixth inning helped lead the Yankees past the Rays, in a game where Aaron Boone decided to emulate the opponent by using Chad Green as an opener.  In the inning, the Yanks scored more than the opposing Rays did through nine innings thanks to great plate discipline from the bombers, who earned nine walks on the day.  Green lasted less than two innings, giving up two solo homeruns. He then gave the ball to Nestor Cortez Jr., who lasted four innings and gave up three runs for the Yankees, the last runs they would surrender all day.  Up until the bottom of the sixth inning, the game was looking to be a back and forth battle with both teams knotted up at five through five innings, with homeruns by: Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Kevin Kiermaier, and Willy Adames. 
 
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To start the rally in the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out after a Gardner infield single, followed by two walks by Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks.  Two runs were then scored off walks by Luke Voit and Kendrys Morales. Gleyber Torres then scored a run on an infield single, vitally keeping the inning alive for the Yanks. Thairo Estrada, who replaced Gio Urshela earlier in the game after he was hit by a pitch (in the one place no man wants to be hit), followed that up with a bases clearing double, to give the Yankees an 11-5 lead.  Gardy extended that by doubling Estrada in to score, ending the inning with seven huge runs and a 12-5 lead.

DJ LeMahieu ended the scoring for the day with a solo homerun in the seventh, giving the Yankees a 13-5 lead that they would not surrender.  Chance Adams finished the game for the Yanks, pitching a one-hitter through the final three innings.

What’s Next?
The Yankees will now begin a seven-game road trip, starting with a four-game series in Baltimore and following that up with three games in Kansas City. Tomorrow’s game is a 7:00 start as JA Happ will face off against David Hess and the O’s.

Article by: Nick Simonelli

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