NEW YORK — It was six days in the past that Giancarlo Stanton emerged from what was described as a raucous visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, the Yankees having swept the Red Sox to seize the highest spot within the American League Wild Card chase. Concerning his workforce’s rollercoaster season, the slugger remarked: “We aren’t afraid to make it fascinating, that’s for certain.”
The closing day of the common season may also make for important viewing, although Stanton and his teammates would select a distinct adjective for his or her present predicament. Jordan Montgomery was knocked out within the third inning, an unwilling participant in Brandon Lowe’s three-homer efficiency because the Yankees absorbed a 12-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
“We obtained embarrassed right this moment,” outfielder Brett Gardner mentioned. “If we’re going to make the playoffs and in the end get the place we need to go, they’re a workforce we’re going to must beat and undergo. I’m upset in the best way we performed right this moment; hopefully tomorrow shall be higher.”
The defeat stalled a possible Yankees postseason clinch for a second consecutive day. The Yanks (91-70) at the moment are tied with the Red Sox (91-70), though Boston would host the Wild Card Game if each groups win Sunday as a consequence of a greater head-to-head document this season. The Mariners (89-71) and Blue Jays (90-71) additionally stay within the playoff hunt.
Simply put: a victory behind starter Jameson Taillon on Sunday would assure the Yankees a Wild Card spot. They’re assured of not less than enjoying past Sunday, although they’d want to not must entertain a Game 163 tiebreaker.
“We’ve been down this street earlier than, the place we’ve taken it on the chin or had a troublesome one,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “There received’t be any flinch. We’ll come out able to go tomorrow and count on to get a ‘W.’”
Montgomery has been one of many Yanks’ only starters this 12 months, however the left-hander had little fastball command and few solutions for Tampa Bay’s lineup, listening to boos as he left the mound within the third inning.
“Nobody’s good; they’re sure to occur over 30 begins,” Montgomery mentioned. “It simply sucks. I wished to provide our guys a greater outing.”
Montgomery permitted a career-high seven earned runs as Lowe reached the right-field seats for a three-run homer within the first inning and once more within the third, adopted by Mike Zunino’s solo homer to left discipline. Lowe added his third residence run within the seventh inning, a solo shot off Michael King.
“There had been some pitches that had been shut within the zone, they usually had been in a position to put good swings on that,” catcher Gary Sánchez mentioned by way of an interpreter. “At the identical time, you’ve obtained to recollect Montgomery has achieved an awesome job for us all 12 months. It was positively a troublesome day for him.”
Austin Meadows slugged a three-run blast off Joely Rodríguez that put Tampa Bay up by double digits, coasting as they secured the primary 100-win season in franchise historical past. The Yanks’ offense was held to Anthony Rizzo’s first-inning homer and Gio Urshela’s run-scoring triple within the fourth.
“They simply obtained up early and continued so as to add on,” Gardner mentioned. “We had some possibilities to claw again into the sport. They had been in a position to lengthen. Again, we’re enjoying a very good workforce. We simply obtained beat right this moment in all sides.”
Though it hardly mattered within the consequence, Gleyber Torres earned a stern reprimand on the bench within the seventh inning for jogging to first base on a strikeout pitch that zipped previous the catcher Zunino.
Boone mentioned that Torres initially believed he couldn’t run to first base as a result of the bottom was occupied; first baseman Luke Voit sustained a knee damage simply this week beneath related circumstances. However, as a result of there have been two outs within the inning, Torres would have been permitted to succeed in first base.
“First off, you’ve obtained to run. That’s the reply,” Boone mentioned. “He felt dangerous about it. It’s one thing you’ve obtained to know and be on high of it, but it surely’s additionally one thing he feels horrible about and we’ve obtained to study from.”
Gardner mentioned that “it’s not best” having to attend till the season’s closing day to find out their playoff seeding, however he continues to imagine these Yankees have the substances for a deep postseason run.
“I nonetheless love the group of men that now we have, and love our possibilities shifting ahead,” Gardner mentioned. “We’ve obtained a really gifted group. We haven’t performed as much as the expectations now we have for ourselves, however as dangerous as right this moment hurts, we’re not far faraway from enjoying some actually good baseball in opposition to actually good groups.”