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BBB Reacts: Yankees' disappointing end to the 2018 season

Well, it's been just about a week now since the Boston Red Sox eliminated the Yankees from playoff contention and we've all had some time to stew on it.  Obviously not the ending any of us wanted and made even more painful due to the fact that it was our arch-rivals who put the nail in the coffin.Some of our contributors weigh in below about how this season ended, what to make of it all, and where the Yankees go from here heading into 2019.

Yankees win back & forth thriller thanks to clutch hits from Ackley, Hicks, Gardner, McCann

The Bronx Bombers opened up their four game series against the Kansas City Royals with a bang, as the team lived up to their nickname, slugging five solo homers to give them the 6-3 win. Behind Ivan Nova, making his first start of the season, the Yankees began the series on a good note. In game two, Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA), took the mound as he looked to continue his stellar start to the season. Tanaka squared off against Kansas City right hander Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85 ERA), who has had a rough start to his season. Rookie Ben Gamel made his first career start, batting ninth and playing right field.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016: Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Winning Pitcher: Andrew Miller (2-0, 0.71 ERA) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Losing Pitcher: Kelvin Herrera (0-1, 1.17 ERA) - 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Save: Aroldis Chapman (1)

1st Inning:
Besides an Alcides Escobar single, Tanaka had a smooth first inning. Starlin Castro, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran loaded the bases with consecutive singles. Dustin Ackley brought in Starlin Castro with a sacrifice fly. (Yankees 1-0)

2nd Inning:
After Alex Gordon led off with a double, Chestor Cuthbert socked a homer that gave the Royals the lead. Didi Gregorius slapped a double to right field and scored after Chase Headley singled to right. (Tied 2-2)

3rd Inning:
Lorenzo Cain hit a solo shot to regain the lead for Kansas City. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs after a Carlos Beltran double, and walks to Dustin Ackley and Aaron Hicks. Didi Gregorius cleared the bases with a double. (Yankees 5-3)
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4th Inning:
Masahiro Tanaka rebounded nicely, setting down the Royals in order. The Yankees also went quietly. (Yankees 5-3)

5th Inning:
Lorenzo Cain hit his second homerun of the game, this time a 3-run shot. The Yankees couldn’t get anything going offensively. (Royals 6-5)
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6th Inning:
Tanaka set down the Royals 1-2-3. Luke Hochevar entered for the Royals and struck out the side.

7th Inning:
The Royals were put down in order. Dustin Ackley had a clutch single that scored Brian McCann from second. Aaron Hicks laced a double down the left field line that scored Dustin Ackley from second. (Yankees 7-6)
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8th Inning:
Lorenzo Cain hit his third homerun of the game, this time off Andrew Miller, who was making his first appearance in his new 8th inning role. Ben Gamel reached on a fielding error by Alcides Escobar. Brett Gardner roped a double to the left-center gap that scored Gamel all the way from first. Brian McCann just nearly missed a home run and doubled to center, scoring Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro. (Yankees 10-7)

9th Inning
Aroldis Chapman entered in the 9th allowing just one baserunner on a walk issued to Alcides Escobar. He would get Cain to pop out to end the game.

Next Game: Wednesday, May 11: Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Yankees (Michael Pineda)

Article by: Phil Akre (@philakre)
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