Kevin Cash called this the greatest moment in his baseball career so far. I’m sure that many Tampa Bay baseball fans are feeling the same way after the Rays deposed of the hated New York Yankees 2-1 in a winner take all fifth game.
Tensions were high from the start as Gerrit Cole started for the Yankees on three days and the Rays sent Tyler Glasnow to the mound on two days rest.
Things got interesting right way as the Rays loaded the bases in the first against Cole but would not be able to get any runs across.
That would be the Rays only threat until Austin Meadows hit one out in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at one.
Cole threw 93 pitches on three days rest and was outstanding as he allowed one hit and one run, the homer by Meadows. Cole also had nine strikeouts.
Cash admitted he had no idea what kind of game he would get from Glasnow but was pleased to get two-plus winnings from Glasnow with two strikeouts.
Cash then switched things up as he brought in closer Nick Anderson in the third inning, followed by Pete Fairbanks and Diego Castillo.
What seemed unorthodox worked to perfection as Cash pushed all the right buttons in this game and throughout the series.
All the runs scored in the game were on three solo home runs.
Aaron Judge of the Yankees gave his team a 1-0 lead in the fourth with his second home run of the series. Austin Meadows tied it in the fifth for the Rays with a solo home run, his second of the series.
There has been some bad blood between the Rays and the Yankees this season.
It would stay 1-1 till the bottom of the eighth inning when Michael Brosseau hit a 99 MPH fastball off Yankee reliever Aroldis Chapman into the left-field seats that would give the Rays the lead and the 2-1 win.
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