What’s Good for the Goose… (Rays at Yankees; 05.13.23)

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akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

NEW YORK — Even with more than three-quarters of their season left to play, the New York Yankees now have a win to look back on that might end up being one of their most seminal moments of their campaign. Funny enough, the Yankees’ opponents today could probably say the same thing about a victory it had against the Bronx Bombers just a couple of weeks earlier.

Aaron Judge hit home runs in back-to-back innings, helping to spark New York’s comeback from a 6-0 deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-8 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The win comes six days after the Yankees blow a 6-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings at Tropicana Field before losing to the Rays last Sunday.

“We’ve got a lot of grinders in this clubhouse,” said Judge, who tied Alex Rodriguez for fifth in team history with his 29th multi-homer game. “This was one of the most fun games we’ve played all year. We’re facing the best. THey’re bringing it every single night. We’re bringing it every single at-bat. There were a lot of gritty at-bats. It’s fun to be a part of.”

Like what the Rays had to do last week in rallying against one of the best pitchers in baseball, Gerrit Cole, the Yankees had to rally against Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan, the first pitcher to record seven wins in the Major Leagues this season. New York responded quickly after Yandy Díaz’s grand slam in the top half of the fifth capped a five-run inning, as Jake Bauers led off with a walk before Higashioka took McClanahan deep to left to cut the deficit to 6-2. Another walk, to Gleyber Torres, preceded another homer, with Judge muscling a ball over the right-center field wall to quickly give the Yankees a four-run inning.

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