Now that’s how you kick off a home series. With too many damn home runs. The Yankees didn’t get many hits off Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi last night, but they certainly made them count.
In fact, “many” might be too strong a word to describe the Yankee hit total. They only got 3 against Odorizzi, but all 3 were home runs and 2 of those home runs were preceded by Odorizzi’s 2 walks. Alex Rodriguez hit a hanging offspeed pitch for a 2-run homer to left in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Yankees an early lead, Brian McCann crushed a solo shot to left in the 3rd to make it 3-0, and Greg Bird smacked a 2-run shot to right in the 7th to make it 5-1. When you only manage 3 hits and 2 walks against a starter, that’s usually bad. When you turn it into 5 runs, that’s efficiency.