The New York Yankees live to see another day.
Fueled by a brilliant Masahiro Tanaka outing, a super clutch home run by Greg Bird, and a flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees win Game 3 1-0, forcing a game 4.
With their backs against the wall, and I’m not talking about Aaron Judge’s robbery of Francisco Lindor, the Yankees won a thrilling and nerve-racking game. When they needed a strong performance out of a starter in the worst way, Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t have pitched better, tossing seven shutout innings, while striking out seven and only allowing three runs. The pressure didn’t’ get to Tanaka, putting together his best start in his Yankees career.
The Yankees left runners on base, which is frustrating, but you know is going to happen against elite playoff pitching. However, against perhaps the most elite reliever in the game, Greg Bird took Andrew Miller deep into the right field stands, crushing a ball to give the Yankees the only run they needed.
With most of Yankees universe fed up with Girardi after a terrible Game 2 meltdown, he put his faith and potentially his Yankees managing career in Aroldis Chapman’s hands. Chapman struck out four batters in the five outs he needed, proving why he is still an elite closer.
With Luis Severino taking the hill in another win-or-go-home game, the Yankees season will come down to their ace. Did Luis shit the bed in the Wild Card game? Yes he did. Even though he didn’t look like himself, Girardi and the Yankees are hoping that experience of pitching in a big game helped him moving forward.
Even if Luis brings his A game to the Bronx, the bats will have to figure out Trevor Bauer, who absolutely dominated the Yankees lineup in Game 1. With both momentum and the Yankees crowd on their side, the Yankees will leave it all out on the field to try and force a Game 5.