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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Yankees' offense comes up short in 3-2 loss to Mariners

After losing two out of three to the Oakland Athletics earlier this week, the Yankees were able to take the series against the Seattle Mariners after last night's victory. Going for the series sweep, CC Sabathia and the bullpen only surrendered three runs, but the offense could not capitalize with runners in scoring position to score more than two against Erasmo Ramirez. 
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The game quickly began in favor of the Yankees in the first inning. A defensive miscommunication between Cameron Maybin and Jean Segura allowed Giancarlo Stanton to reach second base on a fly ball. Miguel Andujar doubled to score Stanton, making it 1-0 in the top of the first. 

Seattle came right back, scoring two off of CC Sabathia in the bottom half of the inning. CC allowed four straight two-out singles to give up the lead as quickly as the Yankees had earned it. He got into a groove after the initial rough inning and kept the game close enough for the Bombers to make a comeback. 

A fantastic nine pitch at-bat led to a single for Neil Walker, who led-off the top of the fourth inning. Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres followed suit, each singling to load the bases with no outs. Recently acquired Adeiny Hechavarria struck out swinging on three pitches outside of the zone, and Brett Gardner popped up the first chance he could. It was up to Andrew McCutchen, who patiently worked a walk to tie the game, 2-2.

Voit hit his first double as a Yankee in the top of the sixth off of Shawn Armstrong, who came in to replace starter Ramirez. This was a perfect opportunity to take the lead, but once again the Yanks failed to come through with RISPTorres struck out swinging, and Hechavarria flied out to center. Voit remained stranded at second when Gardy grounded out to Robinson Cano for the third out. 

After making the last out in the first half of the sixth, Robsinson Cano ended CC Sabathia’s night with a line drive hit to Stanton. Chad Green took over and pitched two solid innings with three strikeouts. 

Things took a turn for the worse in the eighth when Dellin Betances walked Mitch Haniger to lead things off. He promptly stole second base before Jean Segura hit a sacrifice bunt. With one out and a man on third, Cano reached on a fielder’s choice and Haniger scored. Betances retired the next two batters, but the damage was already done. 

Seattle’s All-Star closer, Edwin Diaz, faced the Yankees for the first time this season to close out the game. Brett Gardner was ejected for arguing with the home plate umpire who made a bad call on a 2-0 count. McCutchen was hit, giving the Yankees their last chance to tie the game or take the lead. Stanton hit the ball to none other than Haniger who made an unbelievable dive to end the Yankees’ hopes for a comeback.

What’s Next?
The Yankees will travel to Minnesota for a three-game set against the Twins. In game one, J.A. Happ (15-6, 3.90 ERA) faces off against Kyle Gibson (7-12, 3.74 ERA). Tune in at 8:10 PM ET. 

Article by: Isabella Anton 

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