Cory Gearrin gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, Ji-Man Choi, in the bottom of the 12th as the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay 2-1 in a game that featured 20 pitchers.
Thank God for the changes coming next year regarding September callups. Ridiculous. Gearrin was the eleventh pitcher the Yanks used in the game.
When you use all those pitchers, eventually you find the guy who has nothing on that given night.
The only Yankees’ run came on a HR (10) by Cameron Maybin in the third inning. The bats were silent. In 12 innings, the Yanks got only 7 hits, and struck out 13x.
Maybin is the 14th Yankee with 10 or more HR this season, a MLB record.
CC Sabathia came out of the bullpen and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
The Yanks escaped a disaster when X-rays on Gio Urshela’s hand came up negative after he was HBP.
Kevin Kiermaier homered in the fifth for the Rays to tie the game, and it stood at 1-1 until Choi’s walkoff HR.
Maybin’s HR was #299 for the Yanks this season. The Twins didn’t homer, so they are still at 297 in the race for the new team HR record in a season. The Twins have one more game to play than the Yankees do.
With the loss, the Yankees (102-56) fall 1 1/2 behind Houston for the majors’ best record with just four games to play. Houston has the tiebreaker. It doesn’t look like the Yanks can catch Houston for the best record in the majors. Rather, it looks like they’ll be the AL’s #2 seed and play the Twins in the first round, with the Yanks having the home field advantage. With all those homers between the teams, it could be a shootout. Should the Yanks make it to the WS, they are 1/2 game ahead of the NL’s best team, the Dodgers, and the Yanks hold the tiebreaker over LA.
Maybin solo HR (10)
Montgomery 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.75
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.69
Sabathia (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.95
Tarpley (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.43
Lyons 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.36. Faced one batter, walked him.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.62
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.45
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.94
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.79
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 4.24
Gearrin (L, 1-3, 4.25) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Faced one batter, gave up HR.
Yankees’ pitchers struck out 17.