Tanaka, LeMahieu Tame Rays; Chapman Throws FIRE; NY 5 Tampa 3 — Sept 1, 2020

Aroldis Chapman got the save — but threw a 100 mph fastball wild and high behind Tampa pinch hitter Michael Brosseau just before the final swing-and-miss strikeout, which caused both dugouts to empty as the ballgame ended and Frank Sinatra started singing on the loud speaker system.

In a war of words afterwards, Tampa manager Kevin Cash accused the Yankees of all sorts of things and said he had a “whole damn stable of guys who throw 98 mph” as a seeming threat to the Yankees the next game.

Jonboy had a breakdown of the burgeoning beanball war:

Note that it is harder for Jonboy to read lips in the year of the mask.

Urshela One Lucky Fella

Gio Urshela had broken open a 2-2 tie in the 7th on a double past diving right fielder Austin Meadows, the ball going past him to the wall chased down by the centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier — allowing Luke Voit and Clint Frazier to score, and Tampa shortstop and relay man Willy Adames threw errantly past the catcher at home, allowing¬†Urshela an opportunity — which he took, making a mad dash from 3rd to the plate — he appeared out but managed to slide around the tag for a 5-2 lead.

The Hitting Machine that is LeMahieu

Earlier, the hitting machine that is DJ LeMahieu hit a homerun to left in the 1st inning, then a homerun to right in the 3rd, to give Masahiro Tanaka a 2-0 lead through 4 innings.

Tanaka gave up that lead by giving up a 2-run homer to Kiermaier in the 5th.

Clint Frazier made a spectacular catch in the 6th to help keep the game at 2-2.

It was Tanaka Tuesday and he pitched great — 6 innings, 3 hits 7 strikeouts, and got credit for his first win of the year, to go 1-1 3.38.

Jonathan Loasiga allowed a homer to Willy Adames (who went 3 for 3) in the 7th. Adames is the stud shortstop that was the top prospect that Tampa got when they traded David Price to Detroit.

Great News = Britton Back

Zack Britton returned from injury and pitched a strong 1-2-3 eighth inning — great news for the Yanks.

Then it was Chapman for the 9th — he got 3 straight outs including the controversial final strikeout. It was his 4th appearance of this wacky Coronavirus season; he looks like he has his legs under him now.

Etcetera

  • Luke Voit went 2-4 and continues to lead the American League in homers with 13 (tied) and slugging (.701).
  • DJ LeMahieu finished 2-4 and would lead the American League in batting average at .402, but doesn’t quite qualify right now.
  • Gio Urshela went 2-4 and raised his average to .250.
  • Clint Frazier (.292), Aaron Hicks (.220), and Mike Tauchman (.264) got the other Yankee hits — 1 apiece.

The Boxscore

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401226220

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