Volpe’s HR, 4 Stanton RBIs enable Yankees beat Rays 7-2


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New York Yankees 7, Tampa Bay Rays 2

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton’s exceptional skills were on full display as he hammered a home run and drove in four runs, leading Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. This impressive performance prevented a three-game sweep by the opposing team.

Gerrit Cole (10-2) demonstrated his remarkable resilience, overcoming a rocky start to triumph over Shane McClanahan (11-2) in an epic duel between All-Star aces. The New York Yankees took control of the game with a sensational third inning, during which they scored five runs. The highlight of the inning was the impressive two-run homer by rookie standout Anthony Volpe, followed by Giancarlo Stanton‘s awe-inspiring three-run shot. The fans were left in amazement at the extraordinary display of talent and skill on the field.

In a distinctive feat, Stanton contributed a run-scoring single in the seventh inning, matching his season-high for RBI. This was reminiscent of his exceptional performance on July 15 in Colorado, where he also tallied four RBIs.

New York displayed an impressive offensive display, amassing 13 hits and securing their seventh run when Gleyber Torres scored on a well-executed double steal.

Gerrit Cole, the Yankees’ ace, delivered a masterful performance on the mound. Over the course of seven innings, he allowed only two runs and four hits while striking out eight batters and issuing two walks. Notably, he improved his record to a perfect 6-0 following a Yankees loss this season, further establishing himself as a formidable force on the team.

Amidst an intriguing game, the right-handed pitcher started the inning by issuing a walk to his first batter. The moment was then seized by Wander Franco, who displayed his prowess by connecting with a 1-0 fastball and sending it soaring into a suite overlooking the second deck in right field. This exceptional hit marked his career-best 14th home run, leaving spectators in awe of his talent and skill.

Later on, the Yankees’ defense demonstrated their commitment to aiding Cole as they provided invaluable assistance during the game.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa displayed his adaptability as he notched his first two outfield assists while stationed in left field. During the third and fifth innings, he delivered impressive throws, nabbing René Pinto and Manuel Margot as they attempted to stretch singles, demonstrating his exceptional arm strength and precision.

Adding to the defensive brilliance, center fielder Harrison Bader pulled off a spectacular feat in the sixth inning. He executed a sliding catch at the warning track in left-center to rob Franco of a potential hit, showcasing his remarkable athleticism and contributing to the excitement of the game.

New York had eight batters sent to the plate in the third inning and faced 37 pitches. Volpe’s home run over the right short porch tied the game at 2-all against McClanahan. After Kiner-Falefa and Torres hit singles, Stanton crushed his 15th homer to right-center.

The impressive part was that Stanton hit the home run one night after striking out as a pinch-hitter on a 98 mph fastball from Pete Fairbanks with two runners on, which ended in a 5-2 loss.

The Yankees, currently occupying the last place with a 56-52 record, showed improvement lately, going 2-4 since Aaron Judge’s return from the injured list on Friday. Over the course of 22 games since July 4, New York has secured eight victories.

During the game, McClanahan, the left-hander, faced challenges, conceding five runs and five hits in four innings. His winless streak continued, extending to six outings since June 16.


On Thursday night, an intriguing matchup is set as Yankees’ right-handed pitcher, Clarke Schmidt, boasting a 7-6 record with a 4.39 ERA, takes the mound against Houston’s right-handed pitcher, Cristian Javier, who holds an impressive 7-2 record with a 4.33 ERA. This game marks the beginning of a captivating four-game series, representing the first encounter between the two teams since the Astros achieved a dominant four-game ALCS sweep last October. Anticipation is high for this rematch as both teams look to leave their mark on the field.

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