Tampa Bay — fighting for its playoff life in this game — played like it. With Cleveland having jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning of its game en route to a rout of the White Sox 11-0, Tampa — a game ahead of Cleveland for the final wildcard playoff spot — did everything in its power to keep the Yankees at bay, rolling out 9 (nine) pitchers and sending the game to extra innings before the 2-1 walkoff homer by Ji-Man Choi in the 12th inning.
And nobody in Tampa gave a shit.
Or at least not many. There appeared to be about 12,000 fans at the game. (The announced attendance was 16,699.) “I imagine half of them are Yankee fans” messaged John Snyder.
Jordan Montgomery started for the Yanks. Gumby pitched 2 innings of shutout ball before the Yankees rolled out a cavalcade of pitchers — 11 (eleven) in all that culminated in Cory Gearrin serving up the walkoff to Choi.
In between, starters like CC Sabathia; regular relievers like Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Chad Green; and irregular relievers like Stephen Tarpley, Ben Heller and Tyler Lyons all got an inning in (or in Lyons’ case a batter). And everyone pitched shutout ball in the bullpen duel — sans Tarpley and Gearrin.
OF COURSE CC Sabathia's first career out as a reliever is a K.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 25, 2019
The Yankee offense was a homerun by Cameron Maybin in the 3rd to put the Yanks on top 1-0. After that they couldn’t get one more lousy run. Frustrating. But again, Tampa was playing for their playoff life.
Cam hits double digits 👀 pic.twitter.com/tlgEnmHuom
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 24, 2019
I’d write down who the Tampa pitchers were, but really, nobody gives a shit.