The New York Yankees find themselves on the brink of elimination following their game three loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who entered with an ERA of just 2.70 in the post-season, only lasted 4 innings. He allowed 5 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4 batters and 1 walk.
Kevin Kiermaier hit a three run home run off Tanaka in the 4th to give the Rays a 4-1 lead. Randy Arozarena continued his red-hot series with a homer in the 5th to extend the Tampa lead to 5-1. Aaron Hicks got a run back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double.
Giancarlo Stanton made history by becoming the first Yankee in history to homer in 5 straight post-season games. His 2-run shot in the 8th cut the Rays’ lead to 4.
New York’s offense only managed seven hits off Rays pitching tonight, drawing just two walks, and striking out 9 times. Tampa Bay’s starter Charlie Morton went 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 4 hits, and 6 strikeouts.
(Photo: Gregory Bull – AP News)