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MLB Weekly Recap: Yankees Open at Home With A .500 Week

Week in Review

Monday 4/2: Game postponed to Tuesday (previously scheduled off day) due to snow

Tuesday 4/3: (Home Opener) vs Tampa Bay Rays (W 11-4, 3-2)

A day later than scheduled, New York kicked off the 2018 season at Yankee Stadium with a victory over the division rival Tampa Bay Rays. Jordan Montgomery toed the rubber opposing Rays elite starter Chris Archer. Tyler Wade put the Yankees on the board early with a RBI single in the bottom of the second inning. On a throwing error by Brandon Drury, Tampa responded by scoring a run off Monty the next frame. Shortsop Didi Gregorius, who had a historic day, cranked his first home run of the day into the right field seats on a line drive for a two-run blast. After Tampa tied the game up off relivers Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle in the top of the sixth inning. New York then immediately reclaimed a lead they would never give back. Tyler Austin kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the seventh when Brett Gardner layed down a sacrifice bunt that resulted in a throwing error by Rays third basemen Matt Duffy. Enter Gregorius. The shortstop sent an Austin Pruitt offering into the second deck of the Yankee Stadium’s right field seats, scoring three. Following a run scoring bases-loaded Aaron Judge walk in the bottom of the eighth, Gregorius knocked in two more teammates with a RBI single off Sergio Romo. Chasen Shreve would toss a perfect inning, striking out two to seal ‘The Bombers’ first home victory of the season.

Wednesday 4/4: vs Tampa Bay Rays (W 7-2, 4-2)

The Big Three, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton all homered in the Yankees two-game series clinching sweep of the Rays. Luis Severino took the mound for New York throwing 7.1 innings of five hit ball. The Dominican Republic native walked one and struck out seven, earning his second win in as many games started. His lone blunder came off the bat of C.J. Cron in the first inning. After allowing Kevin Kiermaier to reach base via single, Cron doubled him home on a hanging 85-mph slider. Stanton hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, Sanchez hit a two-run tater in the third, and Judge hit a two-run blast following a Ronald Torreyes RBI single in the fourth. The Rays would score again on a Denard Span sac-fly off reliver Adam Warren in the eighth. Manager Aaron Boone would turn to closer Aroldis Chapman to lock down the victory in the ninth.

Thursday 4/5: vs Baltimore Orioles (L 2-5, 4-3)

The game was held scoreless until Yankees slugger Aaron Judge smacked his second home run of the season on an Andrew Cashner 2-1, two-out changeup into the right field seats for a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 advantage. Adam Jones answered right back with a two-run homer off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Following the Jones homer, Chad Green entered the game and got tagged for two earned runs on three hits in 0.2 innings of relief. The Orioles five run seventh proved to be too much for the Yankees and they would only be able to answer back with a lone run in the bottom of the frame on a Neil Walker RBI-single that scored Didi Gregorius.

Friday 4/6: vs Baltimore Orioles (L 3-7, 4-4)

CC Sabathia gave up a home run to Chris Davis and two round-trippers to Manny Machado that plated four in four innings pitched. The southpaw would leave what would prove to be a marathon of a bullpen game due to injury. In all, the Yankees and O’s would play 14 innings and wind up losing on a grand slam by Pedro Alvarez. Giancarlo Stanton earned an RBI on a single in the first, and an Aaron Judge RBI-single in the third was the entire scoring summary for the bombers until Didi Gregorius came up clutch in the eighth. The stud shortstop went yard off Orioles reliver Miguel Castro to tie the game at three. Unfortunately, that would be the last run to cross the plate until four did on the Alvarez slam in the 14th. To note the Yankees lost Brandon Drury, Tyler Wade, Gary Sanchez in the contest to various illnesses and injuries.

Saturday 4/7: vs Baltimore Orioles (W 8-3, 5-4)

New York got itself back in the win column following a gut-wrenching, consecutive loss to Baltimore on Friday. Sonny Gray took the mound for the Yankees and held the Orioles in check for the majority of six strong innings. Gray struck out four, walked two, and permitted three (earned) runs on four hits. Adam Warren, David Robertson, and the recently called-up Luis Cessa finished the following three innings with a perfect performance that included six strikeouts. Offensively, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner both plated two runs, scored one, and collected a double in the contest. Miguel Andujar, Austin Romine would collect RBI’s on a sac fly and single, respectively, while Tyler Austin drove in two on a line-drive single in the seventh.

Sunday 4/8: vs Baltimore Orioles (L 7-8, 5-5)

The Bronx Bombers got out to an early 5-0 lead and chased Orioles starter Mike Wright Jr. in the first inning on what looked to be a series-tying victory. Instead, starter Jordan Montgomery gave up four earned in innings one through four and Domingo German permitted three earned in the next 2.2 frames to let Baltimore tie up the game. That would all lead to an Adam Warren 12th inning appearance that saw the North Carolina native give up the winning run on a Craig Gentry RBI-single. The loss was the Yankees second extra-inning loss to the Orioles in three days.

On Deck

Monday 4/9: Scheduled off day

Tuesday 4/10: at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 pm

Wednesday 4/11: at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 pm

Thursday 4/12: vs Boston Red Sox, 7:10 pm

Friday 4/13: at Detroit Tigers, 7:10 pm

Saturday 4/14: at Detroit Tigers, 1:10 pm

Sunday 4/15: at Detroit Tigers, 1:10 pm