The New York Yankees have had their fair share of ups and downs so far this season. They came into Tuesday night’s outing against the Tampa Bay Rays have lost four games in a row and six of their last seven. They were exactly in a must-win situation, but it was a game they’d very much love to have had. They got the win they needed, but it was far from simple. They were down 2-0 right away as Austin Meadows hit a two-run homer in the top of the first.
They came back to tie it in the third with some help from Tyler Glasnow and then took a lead in the fourth as Mario Andujar homered to make it 2-3. That lead was short-lived, though, with Kevin Kiermaier homering to level it back up at three apiece. From there, it became the Clint Frazier show. In the top of the eighth, he made a diving grab to rob Joey Wendle of a bloop RBI (or two) to end the inning. That helped push the game into extra innings where he’d once again play the role of hero. In the bottom of the 11th, he smashed a two-run home run, ending the game and handing the Yankees a much-needed 5-3 win. They moved up to 30-25 with the victory, 4.5 games off Tampa’s place atop the AL East. Tampa, now 35-21, are two games ahead of Boston currently.