New York Yankees Embrace Fall Run
The New York Yankees had been struggling to find that identity that carried them through a blistering late August, 13 game winning streak. The Bombers were coming off of a disappointing weekend last week after Cleveland pasted them twice. Three wins against the Texas Rangers prior to heading into Boston on Friday was a good tune-up for the wild playoff atmosphere in Fenway Park this weekend. Six head to head games with the two teams you are fighting for playoff spots is just the way the New York Yankees franchise likes it.
Alex Cora and his Boston Red Sox had weekend plans of their own for this 3 game series. The Sox had won 7 straight games coming into Friday night and were playing great baseball. Kyle Schwarber, Boston's trade deadline acquisition was on fire and Cora's bullpen had been reliable. Remember that I said "had been." Going into Friday night's battle, the Red Sox led the Yankees by 2 games for the first American League Wild Card spot.
The Bronx Bombers started their weekend beatdown of their Beantown rivals by throwing, as Giancarlo Staton proclaimed, "a good first punch" Friday night with a convincing 8-3 victory behind their ace Gerrit Cole. Stanton had a 3 run blast. Saturday, New York followed with a gut punch. Trailing 2-1 going into the top of the 8th, the Bombers scored 4 runs and took the second game 5-3. Sunday was no better for the flailing, beaten Boston Red Sox. As the famous Yankee legend Yogi Berra said, "It was deja vu all over again!" New York again trailing 3-2 put up 4 runs in the top of the 8th. Sox lose 6-3.
The Yankees now lead the American League Wild Card Race by 1 game. They travel to Toronto tomorrow night for the first of three games against the third place Blue Jays. Toronto now trails New York by 2 games for the top Wild Card Spot and Boston by 1 game for the final spot. This is an awesome Fall Run!