The Yankees punished heavy favorite Shane Bieber for sweeping the Indians and sweeping Carlos Carrasco to sweep the Indians in the ALB Young Card Series. In the first game of the ALDS, Rance ace Blake Snell outplayed the Yankees.
From there the Yankees were morphed into Goo.
After losing the second game to convert the best-of-five affair to a best-of-three deal, the Yankees had no match for the Rays at the plate or on the mound on Wednesday night and suffered an 8-4 loss. Had to do in Game 3 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Since the beginning of both spring training, during the entire 60-game regular season and during the postseason, the Yankees have never talked about having talent and the mindset to navigate the many COVID-19 hurdles of 2009. To win the World Series for the first time since. .
Now, they enter Game 4 on Thursday night, nine innings finished by their AL former rivals who were wanted much earlier than sending the Yankees home.
Jordan Montgomery will hope to extend the Yankees’ season on Friday for a winner-take-all Game 5 start of Game 4, which Ere Gerrit Cole will likely start. Prior to Game 3, the Rays did not name their game 4 pitcher.
Using Davey Garcia as the opener in Game 2 and JA Happ in relief pushed Masahiro Tanaka into Game 3, and was probably the right-handed final game as a Yankee, he did not pitch well. Tanaka gave up five runs and five hits in four-plus innings.
In the second consecutive innings, solo singles by Joey Wendle and Willie Adams introduced Tanaka to his first taste of trouble. He responded by giving Kevin Kirmeyer a strike on the breaking ball but left-handed hitting for the first run of the game and an RBI single to No. 9 batsman Michael Perez. Tanaka put on one run, defeating Austin Meadow and leaving two runners behind.
Tanaka would have started an inning, with Aaron Judge not lining G-Man Choi of the run-up RBI double with two outs in the opening frame.
Tanaka gave Wendall a leadoff and followed Adams on a 3–3 pitch to open the top of the fourth. A pitch later the Rays had a slider hanging on the wall of Kiramire’s right field, leading 4–1. It was Tenka’s third career homer in 41 key-bats, counting the postman.
Azorna finished Tanaka’s night with a first pitch home run to begin the fifth inning. It was Azrana’s third ALDS homer, his third hit of the game, and gave the Rays a 5–1 advantage.
Charlie Morton had not pitched since September 25, but the 36-year-old had enough to restrict the Yankees to two runs in five innings.
Giancarlo Stanton’s eighth two-run homer took sixth in the fifth game and sixth in the sixth straight game. A judge sacrificed fly and Aaron Hicks double-edged the Yankees for two other runs.
Chad Green replaced Tanaka in the fifth and gave Perez a two-run homer on a 0–2 pitch in the sixth that put the Rays ahead 7–2.