For most of the game on Friday afternoon, the Yankees bats went quiet against Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs. However, the Yankees had another clutch moment under their belt when Brett Gardner hit a three-run homer, silencing the Cubs and igniting the Yankees to a 3-2 win.
“He was drooling coming around the bases,’’ Headley said. “He was pretty fired up.’’
Gardner was one strike away from the Yankees losing 2-0, but Joe Maddon went to Hector Rondon instead of Wade Miley because Miley had worked three straight games as the Cubs closer. With Gardner’s clutch hit, three runs were just enough, and the Yankees were able to erase any hint of a loss from the clubhouse.
Joe Girardi did predict Friday’s game would be a low scoring affair, and as it turns out he was right. Now the Yankees enter Saturday night with hopes of taking the series against the World Series Champions. And if they fail, they can try all over again on Sunday night as both teams play on National television.