YANKEES 2 – RAYS 1
Even with their offense in a collective slump all week, the Yankees still find ways to win games. It’s just that kind of season.
The Yanks trailed 1-0 after five innings, and struggled to figure out the Rays bullpen game, as Jalen Beeks, Matt Wisler and Brooks Raley combined to blank the Bronx Bombers over five and two-thirds innings.
That was until Rizzo came up and drove in D.J. LeMahieu with the tying run on a RBI single in the sixth inning, and later won it on a solo home run to right-center in the bottom of the ninth to send New York back into the winner’s circle.
The home run was Rizzo’s 16th of the season as it extended the Yankees home winning streak to 14 games; it is the franchise’s longest home winning streak since 1961 when it won 15 in a row from August 16 to September 26.
The victory also provided a sweep of the Rays, and seventh victory in a row for New York. The Yankees are also 14-1 in their last 15. In short, it doesn’t matter how one cuts it, the Yankees are on a historic pace at 47-16 — to win 121 games in the regular season. If that comes to pass, it would obliterate any regular season record for wins.
The Seattle Mariners hold the record with 116 wins in a single season, which they did back in 2001. That team lost to the Yankees in the ALCS. The previous high was 114 wins set by the 1998 Yanks who won the World Series in a sweep of the San Diego Padres.