Sonny Gray implodes as Yanks drop series finale to Rays
The New York Yankees dropped the third game in the series to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at Yankee Stadium as the away team avoids the sweep. Pitcher Sonny Gray had a tough start, only throwing 4.2 innings and allowing six runs. The highly touted trade piece has yet to figure out his late season form and may be playing himself into a bullpen position come playoff time, as this game represents his last start before the postseason.
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The fifth inning was where the game fell apart for New York. Sonny Gray, who had pitched a one-run game to that point, had a disastrous inning, surrendering five runs and getting the hook for the loss. The inning was compounded by two passed balls by Gary Sanchez and a home-run by Wilson Ramos. Suddenly, New York went from having a strong 4-1 lead to trailing 8-4. Starlin Castro brought in Brett Gardner with a single in the bottom of the frame but couldn't put enough of a dent in the lead to give the Yankees a fighting chance. The Rays wold tack on one more in the sixth.
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Outside of an Aaron Hicks solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees failed to put together a rally. The loss ends the Yankees winning streak at three games but has no effect on their playoff standing. The team is resting as much talent as possible ahead of a Wild Card game against their potential opponents the Minnesota Twins.
Winning Pitcher: Tommy Hunter (4-5, 2.22 ERA) 1 IP, R, H, HR
Losing Pitcher: Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 ERA) 4.2 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 5 K, 2 HR
Aaron Judge: 1-3, H, RBI, HR, BB
Greg Bird: 1-3, H, RBI, HR
Brett Gardner: 1-2, H, RBI, HR, 2 BB
Corey Dickerson: 2-5, 2 H, 2 R, RBI, HR