The Yankees resolution to start out Deivi García in Sport Two towards the Rays was already attention-grabbing, but it surely obtained much more so pretty shortly after the sport started. Fairly early within the first, J.A. Happ started warming up within the bullpen and it turned clear that the 21-year previous was getting used as an opener and/or an try at a bait and swap towards a lefty-heavy Rays’ lineup.
Whether or not or not you suppose it was a good suggestion is debatable, what’s not is that it didn’t work out as meant. Happ struggled, permitting 4 runs in 2.2 innings and had a tough time towards the lefties he was introduced in to neutralize. On account of that and another lower than nice outings from Yankee relievers, they had been left taking part in catch up for many of that recreation.
Giancarlo Stanton practically did it himself, hitting two house runs and driving in 4 runs, however the remainder of the group mixed for simply three hits outdoors of him. There was loads to be upset about because the Yankees dropped Sport Two with a 7-5 loss to the Rays.
Earlier than the bait and swap ever occurred, the Rays struck first towards García. The rookie retired the primary two hitters he confronted, however Randy Arozarena homered off him to get the Rays on the board early. The Yankees’ deficit didn’t final lengthy as Giancarlo Stanton led off the next high of the second with a solo shot of his personal.
The shock opener scenario got here to fruition as Happ got here in to start out the second. Happ’s first inning was lower than supreme as he allowed a two-run house run to Mike Zunino after getting on the verge of getting out of the inning. It obtained worse within the third when he allowed one other two-run shot, this one to Manuel Margot.
The Yankees reduce into the Rays’ lead, and it was a well-known face doing the harm. Aaron Hicks single and Luke Voit walked to kick off the inning, bringing Stanton again to the plate. Stanton then completely demolished a baseball 458 ft for his fifth house run of the playoffs, additionally getting the Yankees again inside a run.
Happ’s day would come to an finish after permitting two runners to succeed in with two outs within the backside of the fourth. He issued three walks, all to the lefties they had been hoping he held in examine. It was not what the Yankees had been hoping for. Adam Ottavino got here in for Happ and completed off the inning, maintaining the deficit with a run.
Ottavino got here again out for the fifth and walked the leadoff hitter and obtained one out, resulting in Aaron Boone going again to the bullpen. Jonathan Loaisiga got here in and allowed a RBI single to the primary batter he confronted in Kevin Kiermaier. Loaisiga was later introduced again for the sixth however gave up a homer to Austin Meadows to guide off the inning.
The Yankees had two legit shot at a rally within the last couple innings. The extra substantive of the 2 got here within the ninth after they had two on and no person out. They obtained one run out of that spot due to a DJ LeMahieu RBI single, however that may be it because the Rays completed issues off (with some strike zone assist).
If this technique had labored, the Yankees would appear like geniuses proper now. Nonetheless, it didn’t, and now loads of followers are completely understandably disenchanted. Nothing might be accomplished about it, and now they’re going to want postseason magic from Masahiro Tanaka tomorrow.