The New York Yankees continued their 2020 Subway Series with another doubleheader. So we bring you the recap and the three big takeaways from the Yankees 31st and 32nd games of the season.
Takeaway #1: Extra Extra Read All About It
During both ends of the doubleheader, the New York Yankees would head into extra innings. It was a nail-biting experience that would see the Yankees down to their last batter in the seventh during game one. All after climbing back into the game by scoring five runs in the seventh. And then scoring the go-ahead RBI walk-off single in the eighth.
The second game was just as nail-biting, despite the score. The Yankees would take a 1-0 lead in the third but sadly surrender a run in the sixth. Then at the top of the eighth, the Yankees would send up a struggling Gary Sanchez with the bases loaded. And then the Kraken delivered a monster grand slam giving the Yankees the lead. The Mets would scratch out an additional run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Yanks remained victorious. Thus sweeping both ends of the doubleheader.
Takeaway #2: Rookie Brilliance
Both games in the doubleheader would feature rookies making their first big league start. In the first game, Michael King would take the ball and pitch 3.2 innings while allowing two runs, six hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. King would do an adequate job and had a funny moment where he tumbled off the mound. Thankfully, he’s ok because the Yankees Injured List accrues some serious real estate in the game.
During the second game, we would see the big league debut of top prospect Deivi Garcia. Deivi was masterful in his first Major League outing. Over the course of six innings of work, Deivi struck out six, squandered four hits and allowed one unearned run to score, and also didn’t walk a batter. The Yankees could potentially lose two pitchers to free agency this offseason, but with Garcia, King, and another top prospect, Clarke Schmidt, waiting in the wings, the Yankees look secure.
Takeaway #3: Still Too Many Lost Opportunities
While we are enjoying the successes of the doubleheader victories, the Yankees must still face reality. During the doubleheader, the Bronx Bombers left 16 men on base and went 4-15 with runners in scoring position. When it comes down to the playoffs, scoring opportunities will be much less prevalent. And capitalizing on those opportunities will be critical to winning. So the Yankees must continue to battle and aggressively hunt runs. Because as we’ve seen, scoring only one run a game is a recipe for disaster.