Today the New York Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a 3 game set. The Yankees have lost the first two games, with the Ray shutting out the Yankees Yesterday. Today the Yankee’s Jordan Montgomery faced the Ray’s Brent Honeywll Jr. Montgomery was coming off his first game of the season in which he was totally dominant. He shut out the Orioles 7-0, striking out seven and walking none. Honeywell made his Ray’s Major League debut after not pitching for 3 and a half years due to several surgeries.
DJ LeMahieu started off facing Honeywell and flew out to right. Aaron Judge ground out. Aaron Hicks ground out to first for an excellent start for Honeywell. At the bottom, Montgomery faced Yandy Diaz, and he walked. Randy Arozarena hit into a double play, two outs. Monty plunked Austin Meadows. The Yankee pitchers have hit several Rays in this series. Manuel Margot ground out for the last out. No score.
Giancarlo Stanton led off the second against Honeywell. He struck out looking. Gleyber Torres down on strikes Rougned Odor flew out for another quick inning for Honeywell. The Rays lead off with Mike Brosseau, the player that caused Chapman’s suspension. He singled to left with a hard-hit line drive. Brandon Lowe flew out to Judge on the warning track. Willie Adames flew out to Gardner in left field. Mike Zunino hit a home run into the left-field stands. Kevin Padlo struck out, but the Rays picked up two runs. Rays 2 Yankees 0.
Michael Wacha took over for Honeywell in the third inning. Gary Sanchez walked. Gio Urshela hit a long home run over the center-field wall to tie the game at 2 (457′). Brett Gardner singled up the middle. LeMahieu doubled on a ground-rule double. Aaron Judge walked to load the bases with no outs. Hicks hit into a double play, but Gardner scored. Stanton ground out to third. Yankees 3 Rays 2. Montgomery faced the top of the order at the bottom of the third. Diaz singled over Torres’s head. Arozarena homered, bringing two more runs for the Rays. Meadows struck out. Margot doubled to center. Brosseau ground out to Urshela. Lowe chopped back to DJ, but the Rays regained the lead. Rays 4 Yankees 3.
Gleyber Torres led off the New York Yankees fourth by walking. Odor flew out to left. Torres stole second. Sanchez ground out to third base. Urshela stuck out, leaving Torres stuck at second. At the bottom, Adames struck out. Zunino flew out to Hicks. Padlo struck out for a fast 1-2-3 inning for Monty. Rays 4 Yankees 3.
Gardner led off against Wacha in the fifth by striking out. LeMahieu hit into a double play. Judge made it 1-2-3 for Wacha. At the bottom, Diaz ground out to Urshela. Arozarena followed, doing the same. Meadows got hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Margot ground out to Odor to end the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 3.
Hicks led off the sixth by comebacking to the pitcher. Stanton struck out for the 3rd time. Torres struck out for 9 in a row for Wacha. Brosseau led off the bottom by walking on Monty’s 82nd pitch. Lowe against Chad Green ground out. Adames ground out to DJ, but Brosseau made it to third base with two outs. Zunino struck out. Rays 4 Yankees 3.
Odor led off for the New York Yankees in the seventh grounding out. Sanchez walked on a hit-by-pitch. Urshela singled up the middle to put two on for the Yankees with one out. Gardner walked to load the bases. Thompson replaced Reed. LeMahieu hit into a double play for the second time in the game. Yankees leave three on base. At the bottom Padlo against Green and stuck out. Diaz struck out, and Arozarena popped out to DJ in foul territory. Rays 4 Yankees 3.
Aaron Judge led off the top of the eighth by walking. Hicks flew out to the far left-center. Stanton walked giving the Yankees two on with one out. Mike Tauchman was brought in to run for Stanton. Torres got an RBI single to left to tie up the game. Castillo came in to replace Thompson. Odor popped out, two away. Sanchez flew out to center but the Yankees were able to tie up the game. Green was out again for the bottom of the eighth. Meadows lofted to Gardner in left. O’Day came in to replace Green. Margot ground out to Torres. Tsutsugo pinch hit for Brosseau and struck out for the 1-2-3 inning for Darren O’Day. Yankees 4 Rays 4.
Leading off the ninth was Urshela he doubled up the middle. Gardner walked, first and second with no outs. DJ LeMahieu goes to second on a bad throw by Padlo. (E5), Gardner got caught between third and home and was tagged out, and Judge ground out as the Yankees left two on base in the ninth in a tied game. The Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman came in to hold the Rays at the bottom of the inning. Lowe struck out as did Adames. Zunino doubled to Gardner. Padlo struck out to bring it to the 10th inning. Score tied at 4.
At the top of the tenth Judge was on second (man on second rule after 9) with Hicks at the plate. Hicks was hit by a pitch going to first. Two on no outs. Tauchman bunted and the runners moved to second and third. Gleyber Torres had a slow roller, and Judge was called out trying to reach home. “Rougie” Odor with men on the corners and two outs, he became a Yankee hero in his first game as a Yankee, he popped one into no man’s land in center that scored Hicks for the Yankee lead. Sanchez singled bringing in Torres for the two-run lead. Urshela line drove to center bring in two runs for the Yankee 4 run lead. Urshela moved to third on the error by Margot. Gardner stuck out. Yankees 8 Rays 4.
In the bottom of the 10th with last licks on the line for the Rays, Albert Abreu came out to pitch for the New York Yankees. With Pedlo on second, Phillips struck out. Arozarena struck out. Meadows flew out to Hicks to end the game and give the Yankees an 8-4 win over the Rays as they avoided the sweep. The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman the loser, McHugh.