Tyler Glasnow had dueled in opposition to Gerrit Cole in an ALDS Recreation 5 earlier than.
However this yr’s pressure-packed begin went significantly better than his final and the Rays are shifting on due to it.
Pitching on two days’ relaxation, after having gained Recreation 2 on Tuesday, Glasnow gave the Rays all they might have requested for. He tossed 2 ¹/₃ scoreless and hitless innings, going one flip by means of the Yankees’ lineup earlier than handing it over to the bullpen in what changed into a 2-1 win over the Yankees on Friday at Petco Park in San Diego.
“I suppose it’s simply been the theme of all yr, a bunch of fellows coming in and simply closing the door,” Glasnow mentioned. “That was simply such an exceptional recreation, undoubtedly one I’ll always remember.”
Glasnow got here out sharp from the beginning, needing simply eight pitches to mow down the Yankees within the first inning whereas hitting 100 mph on the radar gun within the course of. He walked Luke Voit within the second inning, however 3-0 swings from Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres changed into simple outs to assist Glasnow get by means of the inning unscathed.
Within the third inning, the 6-foot-8 right-hander walked Brett Gardner and struck out Kyle Higashioka earlier than he was pulled after 37 pitches for Nick Anderson, who acquired DJ LeMahieu to floor into an inning-ending double play.
The 27-year-old Glasnow —a former Pirates teammate of Cole’s after each had been drafted by Pittsburgh in 2011 — had by no means pitched on quick relaxation in his profession. Rays supervisor Kevin Money mentioned he had landed on Glasnow because the starter due to how he lined up in opposition to the Yankees right-handed heavy lineup, however admitted he wasn’t positive what to anticipate.
“Bodily I felt superb,” Glasnow mentioned. “I’m positive adrenaline had one thing to do with it.”
Glasnow had pitched Recreation 5 of the ALDS final yr for the Rays in opposition to Cole and the Astros and was tagged for 4 runs within the backside of the primary inning on the way in which to a 6-1 loss. Friday, he and the Rays discovered redemption.
“We felt most comfy, as the sport unfolded, with Tyler and what he gave us, that we may line this up with our back-end relievers and provides us as a lot of an opportunity as potential,” Money mentioned. “Only a actually particular, well-pitched recreation by unbelievably proficient starters, relievers, each groups alike.”