It was quite the emotional weekend in the Bronx for this series. A-Rod's "retirement", the 1996 World Series team reunion, Mo's Monument Park plaque dedication, and the big league debuts of 2 more top prospects who figure to factor prominently in the rebuild. Oh, and the Yankees picked up another series victory as they hang around the bottom rung of the Wild Card race.
Friday (NYY 6 TB 3)- It didn't go off without a hitch (thanks a lot, Mother Nature) but Alex Rodriguez's final game was a memorable one for all the right reasons. He got to start and bat third, he drove in the team's first run with a double in the 1st inning, he got one last chance to play third base, and he received multiple well-deserved standing ovations from the crowd. Mix in 6 solid innings from CC, a sound performance from the bullpen, and a big night at the plate from Starlin Castro (4 RBI), and the Yanks sent A-Rod out a winner.
Saturday (NYY 8 TB 4)- From the old man to the kids, Saturday brought the debuts of Tyler Austin AND Aaron Judge, and they made quite the first impressions on the Yankee faithful. They hit back-to-back solo home runs in the 2nd inning off Matt Andriese and each finished the day 2-4 with a ribbie and run scored. Masahiro Tanaka was a little home-prone himself in the middle innings, but more power from Castro, Aaron Hicks, and Didi Gregorius put the Yanks ahead to stay for good. Fun fact, every run scored in this game came on a home run.
Sunday (TB 12 NYY 3)- And then everything crashed back to reality yesterday. Luis Severino got the started and pitched very poorly. He didn't make it out of the 4th inning and got tagged for 7 runs on 8 hits. The Tampa lead ballooned to 9 after a 4-run 7th inning, and the Yankees lost another chance for a series sweep. It wasn't all doom and gloom though. Gary Sanchez whacked a 2-run home run earlier in the game, and Judge hit his second dinger in as many days. We're still working in very small samples, but some of the kids look like they're going to pretty good.