In the last showdown of the season between the rival teams, the Yankees took the series against the Rays. Here is a recap of the series.
In the first game of the series, C.C. Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees and Alex Cobb made his second start since coming off of the disabled list for Tommy John’s surgery. In the first inning, Kiermaier homered off of Sabathia and gave the Rays an early lead. However in the bottom of the 1st, the Yankees pulled ahead of the Rays. This happened when Gregorius had an RBI single that scored Gardner who had also singled. Then, Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a throwing error by Alex Cobb. This caused the score to become 2-1 in the Yankee’s favor. In the top of the 2nd, Steven Souza homered causing the score to be tied. Then in the bottom of the 2nd, Brian McCann homered giving the Yankees a one run edge over the Rays. In the top of the 3rd, Kiermaier had his 2nd home run of the night tying the game at 3-3. However, in the bottom of the 4th, McCann had his 2nd home run of the night as well which gave the Yankees a one run lead over the Rays. In the top of the 6th, Souza became the third player of the night to have multiple home runs in the game. This caused the score to be tied 4-4. The game was tied until the bottom of the night when Erasmo Ramirez let up a walk off homer to Austin. Yankees win 5-4.
Rays: 4 Yankees: 5
WP: T. Layne (2-1)
LP: E. Ramirez (7-11)
On the Friday night game, Pineda started for New York and Snell started for Tampa. In the bottom of the 1st, Ellsbury scored on a double by Refsnyder, giving the Yankees an early lead. In the bottom of the 3rd, Snell gave up a home run to Sanchez. After Sanchez’s homer, Teixiera doubled and later scored on a wild pitch from Snell. This caused the score to be 3-0. The Rays got on the board in the top of the 4th with back to back home runs from Morrison and Souza. Score 3-2. Kevin Jepsen came in to relieve Garton in the bottom of the 4th. Jepsen gave up a grand slam to Teixiera that scored Refsnyder, Sanchez, and Castro. In the top of the 6th, Steven Souza collected a RBI single that scored Morrison. Then, Bobby Wilson got an RBI single that scored Souza. Bats were silent up until the top of the 9th when Morrison got an RBI single that scored Longoria who had singled as well. The Rays were not able to make up all the runs and lost to the Yankees 7-5.
Rays: 5 Yankees: 7
WP: A. Warren (2-1)
LP: B. Snell (5-8)
S: D. Bentances (10)
On Saturday night, Tanaka took the mound for the Yankees and Chris Archer took the mound for the Rays. Bats were quiet for both teams until the bottom of the 5th when Archer gave up a home run to Ellsbury that scored Gardner who had singled. After that, Archer gave up a home run to Sanchez. This gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead over the Rays. In the top of the 8th, Bobby Wilson homered giving the Rays their only run of the game. In the bottom of the 8th, Enny Romero came in to relieve Archer. Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly that scored Gardner. After that, Gregorius hit a sac fly that scored Ellsbury. Yankees win the game 5-1.
Rays: 1 Yankees: 5
WP: M. Tanaka (13-4)
LP: C. Archer (8-18)
In the last game of the series, Luis Cessa started for New York and Matt Andriese started for Tampa. In the top of the 2nd, Corey Dickerson homered scoring Nick Franklin giving the Rays an early lead. Next time a run was scored was in the bottom of the 5th when Chase Headley had a home run. Next inning, Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller both had homeruns, causing the score to be 4-1. In the bottom of the 7th, Gardner had an RBI single that scored Headley. Rays won the game 4-2.
Rays: 4 Yankees: 2
WP: M. Andriese (7-7)
LP: L. Cessa (4-1)
S: A. Colome (32)
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