J.A. Happ tossed seven shutout innings and Austin Romine hit a two-run homer to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday nght at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
1) Happ managed to keep the Rays from scoring despite walking four batters. He only allowed one hit while striking out four batters. Happ is now 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three outings since joining the Yankees on July 26.
2) Dellin Betances allowed the Yankes' only run in the eighth inning when Willy Adames hit a solo home run. Aroldis Chapman allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 31st save of the season.
3) Aaron Hicks drove in the Yankees' first run in the first inning when he drove in Giancarlo Stanton with an RBI single. Romine went deep in the bottom of the fifth inning to plate Neil Walker Greg Bird hit an RBI double in the eighth inning to provide the Yankees with an insurance run.
4) The Yankees' pitching staff as a whole limited the Rays to just three hits. The Rays had no extra-base hits except for the home run, and the team went 0-for-2 with runners on base.
Highlights from Monday's game
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There is no denying the Happ deal seems to be paying dividends to the point that he might end up becoming even more important to the club than expected.
It seemed Happ was a perfect fit to provide some innings behind Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia. Severino is in an extreme slump, Tanaka is inconsistent and Sabathia is on the disabled list. Meanwhile, in his three starts for the Yanks, Happ has thrown 19 innings, allowing just five runs. Happ is now being looked at as one of the frontline members of the rotation and it is entirely possible if the Yankees reach the division series this year, he will get a start in one of the first couple games.
As important as Happ is to the rotation, Aroldis Chapman is to the bullpen. The Yankees' bullpen depth is incredibly talented, but they all have their moments of weakness. Of late, Chapman has been the definition of inconsistent and many questions have arisen as to why. For a night Chapman dispelled the chatter, but in order for the Yankees to be feel comfortable that he is back to the dominance he displayed for much of the season, he'll have to replicate this effort in his next appearance and then keep the ball rolling
The Yankees will continue their series with the Rays on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.