Extra Inning Eruption — 5 Reasons Why NY 8 Tampa 4 in 10 innings, 4-11-21

Hey this extra inning rule isn’t so bad! Not today, when the Yanks erupted for 4 runs in the top of the 10th to finally beat Tampa in Tampa, 8-4 in 10. With the win, the Yanks are now 4-5 — the same record as Tampa, and Baltimore, and Toronto. Boston lost their first 3 games but are now 6-3 to lead the AL East.

5 Reason how the Yanks won this game:

1. 10th Inning Explosion

After the Yanks had blown several bases-loaded situations during the first 9 innings, Aaron Judge was COVID-rules put on 2nd to start the 10th, Aaron Hicks got hit with a pitch that grazed his pants — and Michael Tauchman laid down a bunt to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Tremendous. But Gleyber Torres grounded to shortstop and Judge was out at home.

With 2 outs, 2nd and 3rd — Rougned Odor — in his first game as a Yankee — singled to plate 2 runs and give the Yanks a 6-4 lead.

Gary Sanchez then singled and Gio Urshela hit a line drive single that got past the right fielder Margot and went all the way to the wall — Urshela ended up on 3rd and the Yanks had an 8-4 lead. And Ballgame.

2. Urshela with 4 Hits Including BLAST of a Homer

Urshela’s big 10th inning hit capped off a 4-5 day with 3 RBI and a 2-run homerun that he RIPPED way over the centerfield wall in the 3rd, when Toronto’s Michael Wacha left a 92 MPH “Hit Me” fastball up. That homer tied the game at the time, 2-2.

3. Abreu and the Yank Bullpen = Great

A pleasant surprise was Albert Abreu, who was in to pitch the 10th with the 4-run lead — and mowed thru the inning impressively with high octane stuff — striking out the first two batters.

That after Aroldis Chapman struck out 3 in the 9th, Chad Green pitched 2.1 impressive innings (the 6th into the 8th), and Darren O’Day added .2 innings of shutout ball.

The Yankee bullpen pitched 5 shutout innings on the day.

4. Monty Hung Tough

Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery didn’t have his normal command to start the game; he said afterwards he couldn’t find a rhythm until the 4th inning. But he hung tough and gave the Yanks 5 innings.

He allowed two 2-run homers — to catcher Mike Zunino in the 2nd to put Toronto ahead 2-0, and Randy Arozarena in the 3rd to put Toronto back up 4-3 (after Gio Urshela’s 2-run homer to centerfield had tied it in the 3rd, and an Aaron Hicks double play with bases loaded nobody out put the Yanks ahead briefly, 3-2).

5. Gleyber’s Clutch Hit Tied Game in 8th

In the 8th, Gleyber Torres got a big hit to centerfield with 1 out to score Aaron Judge from 2nd and tie the game at 4.

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