SAN DIEGO — After a decent postseason battle in opposition to a division rival, the Yankees ended one other promising season properly wanting their World Sequence objective. The Yankees, thought of a title contender earlier than the season, misplaced, 2-1, to the Tampa Bay Rays in a tense do-or-die Recreation 5 in an American League division collection on Friday.
Mike Brosseau, who entered the sport within the seventh inning, delivered a late, crushing blow in opposition to the Yankees and earned some revenge in opposition to Aroldis Chapman, their hard-throwing aid pitcher, within the course of. A month in the past, Chapman threw a 101-mile-per-hour pitch close to Brosseau’s head within the ongoing rivalry between the 2 groups, incomes a three-game suspension.
Within the eighth inning on Friday, Brosseau smashed a solo homer off Chapman to left discipline to provide the Rays the successful run.
The house run capped a taut contest by which each groups’ pitching staffs gave little floor. Gerrit Cole, the ace of the Yankees’ beginning rotation, tossed 5 and one-third sturdy innings, whereas the Rays suffocated the Yankees’ potent offense with sturdy pitching and protection.
The Rays will now face the reviled Houston Astros, who carried out a sign-stealing scheme throughout their championship-winning season in 2017. Whereas the Astros are making their fourth straight look within the A.L. Championship Sequence, the Rays final reached this spherical in 2008.
And the Yankees will return house to face one other lengthy winter. Of their final low season, they dedicated a file $324 million to Cole, the kind of elite beginning pitcher they’d lacked in previous postseasons. However as a substitute of reaching their first World Sequence since 2009, the Yankees fell quick once more.
Getting into the collection, the Yankees, whose payroll is almost 4 instances greater than that of the Rays, poked fun at their underdog status. The 2 groups — whose rivalry over the previous few years has featured hit batters, heated phrases, bench-clearing skirmishes and suspensions — have been awkwardly staying on the identical lodge within the San Diego space this week as a part of Main League Baseball’s managed surroundings for the playoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The collection victory continued the Rays’ dominance of the Yankees this yr. The Yankees, the fifth seed within the playoffs, misplaced eight of their 10 regular-season conferences, and the A.L. East title, to the top-seeded Rays. They fell behind two video games to 1 on this best-of-five collection after their pitching strategy backfired and their starting pitchers sputtered.
The Yankees gained on Thursday to drive a Recreation 5, for which Cole, who led the Yankees to victory in Recreation 1 on Monday, agreed to start out on quick relaxation for the primary time in his profession.
Aaron Decide, who was 3 for 27 this postseason coming into Friday, staked the Yankees to a 1-0 lead within the fourth inning on Friday with a solo blast off the Rays’ stellar reliever, Nick Anderson, who had allowed just one house run all yr. The Yankees might muster little else in opposition to the revolving door of stout Rays pitchers, led by Tyler Glasnow, who began on two days’ relaxation.
Cole, pumping 98 mile-per-hour fastballs and depraved breaking balls, didn’t permit his first hit till the fifth inning. However, sadly for the Yankees, the hit was a house run by Rays proper fielder Austin Meadows, tying the sport at 1-1.
Within the sixth inning, Brett Gardner saved Cole from one other house run when he nonchalantly robbed Rays slugger Randy Arozarena of 1 on the left discipline wall. Yankees Supervisor Aaron Boone then eliminated Cole, who completed with 9 strikeouts, and turned the sport over to his finest relievers, together with Chapman. However when it mattered most, the Yankees, as soon as once more, couldn’t beat their frequent foe.