Urshela’s clutch hit leads Yanks to 4-3 victory in St. Pete
The Yankees defeated the Rays in the series opener at Tropicana Field on Friday night by a score of 4-3. Domingo Germán got the start for the Yankees, going 5 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five. The Yankees wasted little time getting on the board, striking for two runs in the first inning on a passed ball that allowed DJ LeMahieu to score and an RBI single by Gleyber Torres to score Luke Voit. They held onto their 2-0 lead until the fifth inning, when Austin Meadows hit a 1-0 pitch into the right-center field seats for a two-run home run to tie the game.
Two batters later, the Rays struck again, this time a solo shot by Ji-Man Choi to make it 3-2 Rays. The Yankees would answer in a big way in the next frame, as a two-run single in the sixth by Gio Urshela gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead, and was ultimately the difference in the game. Urshela continues to impress with not only his glove, but also his bat so far in 2019, and he has almost certainly locked up a roster spot even when the Yankees are finally fully staffed.
The Yankees move to 23-15 on the season, and with tonight’s win currently, sit just half a game back of the first place Rays. They’ll look to leapfrog them for sole possession of first in the AL East tomorrow as they send C.C. Sabathia to the mound for his sixth start of the 2019 campaign. He enters Saturday’s contest with a 2-1 record and an ERA of 3.20. He’ll be opposed by Rays’ opener Ryne Stanek, who carries an 0-1 record with a 2.50 ERA in 14 appearances this year (18 innings pitched). First pitch is set for 6:10 PM ET.