The New York Yankees suffered another crushing loss yesterday, falling 8-4 to the Tampa Rays. The game was out of reach by the fifth inning, as the Yankees couldn’t really get anything going against Charlie Morton. Tampa Bay has now taken a 2-1 series lead, putting the Yankees in a must-win game tonight.
The offense for the Yankees could not get anything going when it mattered most. The Yankees totaled 7 hits and it looked flat out saddening. From the “savages” in the Wild Card series and in Game 1 to the quiet and frustrating bats that we have seen when it’s most important.
Masahiro Tanaka did not have his A-game for the second consecutive postseason start. Through four innings, he allowed five runs, eight hits, and struck out four. The run support was not there for Tanaka either, but he often missed his location. Sadly, this could be Tanaka’s final game as a Yankee. Chad Green also came in and gave up two runs and three hits through one inning, burying the Yankees even more.
Tied Game Through Three Innings
Masahiro Tanaka got out of the first inning without giving up any runs, thanks to a spectacular catch by right fielder Aaron Judge. The offense went down in order in the first, not able to do anything against Charlie Morton. In the second inning, the Rays got on the board thanks to an RBI single from Michael Perez to open up the scoring. The Yankees yet again went down in the second with nothing at all to show for it. Tanaka held the Rays scoreless in the third inning, and the Yankees had something going in the bottom half.
Controversial Call Shuns Potential Big Third Inning For Yanks
The Yankees loaded the bases in the bottom of the third inning in part to a Brett Gardner single and another single from Kyle Higashioka. D.J. LeMahieu also walked. Next, Aaron Judge hit a sac fly to right, driving in Gardner, tying the game at one apiece. Aaron Hicks walked, loading the bases again with Luke Voit due up. Voit grounded out to end the inning, in part to a blown call which should’ve been a walk.
Masahiro Tanaka came out for the fourth and allowed a single to Joey Wendle with Willy Adames due up. With a 3-2 count on Adames, Wendle attempted to steal for second base. Kyle Higashioka threw down to second for what would have been an out, but the pitch was controversially called a ball. Instead of a strike em out throw em out double play, Adames walked. Kevin Kiermaier converted on this, hitting the first pitch for a home run to right, putting Tampa in front 4-1, changing the course of the game.
Yankees Bats Continue to Struggle, Tanaka Pulled Out
The Yankees went down silent yet again in the bottom of the fourth inning. The first pitch of the top of the fifth inning was obliterated by Randy Arozarena, extending the Rays’ lead to 5-1. Yankees manager Aaron Boone pulled Masahiro Tanaka out of the game.
Chad Green relieved Tanaka to get the next three outs of the inning. New York got a run back thanks to an RBI double from Aaron Hicks, cutting the Rays lead to 5-2. I
n the sixth inning, a two-run homer from Michael Perez extended Tampa’s lead to 7-2. Luis Cessa came in to relieve Chad Green. Cessa gave up an RBI double to Ji-Man Choi, therefore making it 8-2 Tampa. The Yankee offense remained quiet against the Rays bullpen for the sixth and evenings.
Silent Ending for a Quiet Yankees Offense
In the eighth inning with a man on, Giancarlo Stanton slugged a two-run home run to cut the Rays lead to four. Michael King pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Yankees, making his postseason debut. Tampa Bay brought Diego Castillo on in the bottom of the ninth to shut the door on the Yankees to take a 2-1 series lead.
Looking Ahead to Crucial Game 4 For the Yankees
Tonight, the Yankees and Rays will play again at 7:10 P.M. on TBS.
The Yankees have their backs against the wall in a win or go home situation. Jordan Montgomery is getting the start for New York, and Ryan Yarborough gets the start for Tampa Bay in a must-win game for the Bronx Bombers if they want to live to see another day.