The Yankees walk it off, beating the Rays, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium to take the AL East lead. >> Box score
Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...
1) CC Sabathia has done everything the Yankees have needed and more this season. With Sabathia already announcing his retirement, he's appeared to be extremely comfortable on the mound start after start. In six innings, Sabathia allowed just one run on six hits, two walks and struck out four batters. Sabathia lowered his ERA on the season to a tidy 2.97 mark, but was unable to come away with a well-deserved win.
2) Down two runs in the ninth, the Yankees needed to come back against Rays lefty closer Jose Alvarado. Courtesy of a Luke Voit home run and a great at-bat that resulted in a double by Gleyber Torres, the Yanks had the winning run on base. A wild pitch scored Thairo Estrada to tie the game and then Gio Urshela collected his sixth two-out base hit with runners in scoring position of the season, none bigger than this one, his first career walkoff.
3) Urshela recorded two other hits on the night, boosting his average to .347. Urshela hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and with Miguel Andujar out for the rest of the season, it's even more important that the former is more than just a fine defender.
4) Voit continued to pull out of his recent 0-for-22 slump. After notching three hits in Wednesday's nightcap, Voit added three more base knocks today including a home run and a double. It looks like Voit might be gearing up for a strong run of production.
5) Kendrys Morales hit a second inning home run, adding another player to the long line of the Yankees' "Next Man Up" movement. The Yankees received Morales for what amounts to next to nothing in terms of trade, so anything he contributes is like a bonus for the club. So far, Morales has been on base four out of six chances.
6) Chad Green, who struck out three batters in his return from a demotion in his last appearance, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in the eighth inning of tied 1-1 game. Green allowed two loud doubles and was not helped by a Torres error, all of which put the Yanks in a two-run hole.
Lord Commander Gio Mormont. pic.twitter.com/htZ1BmfSFc- New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 18, 2019
Kendrys Morales hit 1 HR in 108 AB with Oakland- SNY (@SNYtv) May 17, 2019
Kendrys Morales just smashed a second deck home run in his 3rd AB in pinstripes
The Yankees continue their series against the Rays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start for the Yankees while the Rays are set to send out LHP Blake Snell.