The New York Yankees emerged victorious over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening, securing their second win in two days time.
The Yankees had previously been on a four game losing streak, and overcoming Tampa in two consecutive contests is a great sign of momentum and positive growth. With the offense still struggling to get going, clearly a spark has been lit among a team that is desperately trying to find any semblance of a groove.
Having scored nine runs in the last two games, it seems they are taking gradual steps in the right direction, recording nine hits on the evening. While they did strike out 14 times, the pitching once again performed admirably, as Jordan Montgomery lasted 6.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs. The bullpen was phenomenal, though, closing out the final 2.2 innings with just one hit earned.
The New York Yankees secured the win and solid injury news:
Aside from the victory, the Yankees gained a bit more positive news regarding first baseman Luke Voit. Voit was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain just over a week ago, having overcame a knee injury and playing in just 12 games before being shut down once again.
Skipper Aaron Boone was confident that Voit would make a return sooner rather than later, stating that he could even make a comeback this month, which would be a massive addition as they try to rejuvenate their offense.
“He’s doing really well,” Boone said. “Told me he actually feels great today. So we’re probably looking at a few weeks left, hopefully.”
Before Luke went down with the oblique strain, he was hitting a measly .182 with one homerun and three RBIs. He was hosting a 30% strikeout rate, so it was evident that he was having a difficult time making the return the form. Nonetheless, it often times takes a few weeks for players to get back into the groove, having only enjoyed 12 games to put his talents to the test.
The setback is undoubtedly calamitous, but he will be back right in time for a midseason push and hopefully will remain healthy as the Yankees attempt to make a post season run, even reaching the World Series for the first time in over a decade.