The Tampa Bay Rays reached the American League Championship series for the second time in their history, beating the New York Yankees 2-1 on Friday night at Petco Park in San Diego.
The scoresheet is fairly easy to decipher for this game, as all the points were scored from long solo balls. Mike Brosseau broke a 1: 1 tie in the eighth inning by sending an Aroldis Chapman offering over the bounds.
This Brosseau point allows the Rays to reach the American final for the first time since 2008. That year, the Florida team had continued their journey to the World Series, however, being defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies. .
The Yankees could believe it on their side. The “Bronx Bombers” had forced this fifth and final game with a 5-1 victory the day before, and they even took the lead on Friday.
Aaron Judge had first slammed into the right stands in the fourth inning. This is the third time in his career that the No.99 has stretched out his arms in a one-to-one playoff game. Only Bill Skowron had achieved the feat before him.
Judge, however, came out for the wrong reasons during the Rays’ round at bat in the fifth inning. Filled with good intentions, he attempted to jump to catch an Austin Meadows homerun ball, but instead his head crashed into the Petco Park mattress.
Chapman (0-1) was guilty of the New York defeat, having worked for a set and a third, the time to allow the winning point. Gerrit Cole started the game and struck out nine batters in five and a third innings.
The Rays had a particular strategy there, giving each of their four gunners about two innings of work. Diego Castillo (1-0) was the best, closing the books with four strikeouts.
Each team was limited to three hits in this meeting.
Tampa Bay will face the Houston Astros in the round leading up to the World Series. The first duel will take place on Sunday, at Petco Park.