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Snake Bytes: 10/10 - Rays Sting Yankees

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In most seasons, last night’s final game of the ALDS between the Yankees and the Rays would be deemed an instant classic.

Division Series - New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Five Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

ALDS

Tampa Bay 2, New York (A) 1

The Yankees got the sort of start they were looking for out of Geritt Cole. They got a go-ahead homer out of Aaron Judge. The game was progressing just as Aaron Boone and the Yankees had drawn it up. But then, the Tampa Bay bullpen remained stingy, not allowing the Yankees a second run. Then finally, Aroldis Chapman was asked to do something he has almost never done in his career, pitching on no rest after getting more than three outs the previous night. He made one mistake. Mike Brosseau made Chapman and the Yankees pay for it.

Brousseau vs. Chapman: Pitch-by-Pitch

Mike Brousseau didn’t just come to the plate and ambush Chapman’s first offering. Oh no. In fact, he fell behind in the count 0-2. The at-bat wet 10 pitches before Chapman made a real mistake, one which Brousseau managed to get his bat around to take advantage of, sending Chapman’s 100.2 mph down-and-in fastball into the stands.

Brousseau’s Heroics Saved by Strip of Leather

Call it fate, karma, luck - call it whatever you want. Sometimes the cosmos just seems to want you to win. That’s how the Rays had to feel last night. After silencing the Yankees at the plate, they got the most unlikely of home runs from one of the most unlikely sources to take the lead. That wasn’t the end of the game though. The Yankees still had their ups in the bottom of the ninth. That’s when Gio Urshela stepped to the plate looking to tie things back up, at least sending the game into extra innings. On the first pitch he saw, he ripped a liner down the third base line at a whopping 109 mph which was barely snagged by third baseman, Joen Wendle. That in itself, is not a big deal. However, as he came up from making the play, it plain for the whole world to see how the ball had nearly torn its way through the glove to make its way into left field as there was an ice cream cone sitting on the back of Wendle’s glove.

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