Mike Brosseau hit a home run against the Cuban reliever Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rays’ pitching left the powerful New York Yankees hitting just 3 hits, for a 2-1 win in Game 5 of their series and get a ticket to the American League Championship Series to face Houston.
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— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 10, 2020
Brosseau’s decisive hit had a flavor of revenge because in a regular season game Chapman sent a ball through his head, causing an outbreak of anger en Yankee Stadium.
– Dan Doherty (@DanDohertyESPN) October 10, 2020
It should be remembered that the 2019 season also concluded for the Yankees by a home run allowed by Chapman, when José Altuve gave the Astros the circuit championship.
The Dominican Diego Castillo was the other great hero of the Rays on Friday by getting the final six outs for Tampa Bay, the league’s best team of the season. The right-hander did not accept a hit and struck out 4.
The Yankees had taken the lead in the fourth with a home run by Aaron Judge.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 10, 2020
But the Rays tied in the next inning with Austin Meadows’ home run against starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, the most expensive pitcher in baseball.
The series was made in San Diego, where it will also be the Championship Series starting on Sunday.
In the National League, the title will be contested by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves after they both swept their series on Thursday.
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