Yankees Eliminate Rays From Playoff Contention

Rays Will Have To Wait Another Year 

The Tampa Bay Rays were officially eliminated from playoff contention falling to the New York Yankees 4-1.

Sonny Gray (11-9, 4.98), one of eight pitchers the Manager Aaron Boone threw at Tampa Bay, picks up the win for New York who improve to 96-60. Zach Britton worked the ninth inning to pick up his seventh save.

The eight Yankee pitcher held Tampa Bay to just a pair of hits, matching a season low set on August 31 at Cleveland against the Indians. It’s their fewest hits allowed at home since September 19, 2017 when they were held to just one hit against the Chicago Cubs.

Andrew McCutchen homered in the third for the Yankees first run. In the fifth, Brett Gardner singled in Aaron Judge. Gardner was in the game for Aaron Hicks who departed with a hamstring strain. Gardner was driven in on a Giancarlo Stanton double. Aaron Judge drove in the Yankees final run in the seventh.

Ryan Yarbrough (15-6, 3.93 ERA) took the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 87-69 on the season. It was his first loss since July 21st against the Miami Marlins, snapping a seven game winning streak spanning 11 appearances.

The loss was just the Rays third lost in their last 18 games at home; however, it was their third loss in their last five games following a five game winning streak.

It’s the fourth time the Rays have been eliminated from post-season contention in the final week of the season.

“I thought we’d be a lot closer than most people have given us credit for
and it’s disappointing.” Joey Wendle said about being eliminated from the playoff contention. “Our goal is to make the playoffs so we aren’t happy about that.”

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