Game 117: TB vs. NYY — Mo remembers, but Baby Bombers falter

Before the final game in the weekend series against the Rays, to cap off a rather eventful weekend in the Bronx, the Yankees honored legend Mariano Rivera with a special plaque to be placed in Monument Park. In addition to his wife and sons, present for his ceremony were the many of the lingering teammates from yesterday’s 1996 Championship reunion like Cone, Girardi, Jeter, Martinez, O’Neill, Pettitte, Posada, Wetteland, Williams, and former manager Joe Torre. The Yankees also presented Rivera with a framed replica of his plaque and a special ring to commemorate today’s honor. Rivera also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. (Still ridiculously on point there!)

{Watch the full pre-game ceremony here, including his brief speech to thank to his family, friends, fans, and especially God.}

After two pretty amazing games against the Rays, the Yankees were looking to ride the sweep led by the newly dubbed “Baby Bombers”. But it was not to be. Luis Severino certainly struggled his way through his shortened outing. In less than 4 innings, Severino threw 67 pitches, gave up 8 hits, a walk, and 7 runs, but also struck out 7 batters. His trouble started right off the top of the game when a lead-off double scored on a 1-out double to get the Rays’ runs started this afternoon.

In the 3rd, a solo shot added another run to the Rays’ score. And in the messy 4th, with 1 out and runners in scoring position with a single and double, a 3-run homer just multiplied the Rays’ total. Then with 2 more singles and a strike out, Severino was just done. So he handed the game to the other Luis — Luis Cessa, who promptly loaded the bases with a walk and then gave up a bases-clearing double.

Cessa didn’t exactly have the cleanest outing himself, getting 9 total outs, but struggling in his beginning (the 4th inning) and his end (the 7th). With 1 out in the 7th and runners on the corners with consecutive singles, another single scored yet another Rays’ run before a big 3-run homer pushed the Rays into double-digits on the scoreboard. With 1 more out, the Yankees opted for new guy Blake Parker to finish the inning with a strikeout.

Parker then worked his way through the 8th inning, before Chasen Shreve breezed through the Rays in the 9th in just 11 pitches. In total, the Yankees gave up 15 hits to the Rays’ batters, but still struck out 12 of them.

Once again, the Baby Bombers did some damage to the Rays, but it really wasn’t enough to combat the troubles the Yankee pitching staff had early on in the game. Aaron Judge hit another big home run to lead off the 3rd inning and get the Yankees on the board. And in the 4th with 2 outs and McCann on base with a single, Gary Sanchez’s 2-run home run to the left field seats gave the Yankees hope for just a bit before the Rays came back and crushed it.

Despite some really great defense, like the double play started by Didi Gregorius in the 2nd or when Tyler Austin snagged a sharp line drive in the 4th, the Yankees were pretty helpless against the early lead the Rays piled on and never surrendered.

Final score: 12-3 Rays, but the Yankees win series 2-1.

Scranton Shuttle: after the game, the Yankees optioned today’s starter Luis Severino back to AAA Scranton. The corresponding move hasn’t yet been announced as of this post, but the Yankees do have some options including Cessa, who pitched in relief today.

And because I’m always looking for a bit of fun, even on a rough loss day like today, I found two great promo clips the Yankees made to market their new “Baby Bomber” status. One is called “Lost in Translation” and the other simply “Baby Bombers“. Enjoy!

Go Yankees!

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