Things heated up just after Yankees’ tie-in, Aroldis Chapman, who knocked out Michael Brousseau, the pinched hitter to end it. That late-game puff came moments after a 101mph Chapman fastball narrowly missed Brousseau’s header. Here is an overview:
The Rays may already have been in a state of turmoil because Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka beat Joey Wendle – a somewhat amused Joey Wendle – in the first inning:
Either way, a fastball like Chapman’s close to the batter’s head is going to lift hackles whether or not it was thrown for a specific purpose or not. And in case you thought it was over, the post-game comments from Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash do not suggest any such thing. Cash said:
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. It was mismanaged by the Yankees. Definitely the pitcher on the mound. It was mismanaged by the referees.
“Someone has to be held to account. The last thing I will say about this is that I have a hell of a stable full of guys throwing 98 mph. Period. “
Bringing responsibility and mentioning soon after that you have “a hell of a stable” of tough pitchers at your disposal means that little analysis is needed. The cash, without making an express threat, strongly suggests that the Rays will retaliate against the Yankees at some point.
As for his counterpart, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called Cash’s remark a “pretty scary comment,” then said, “I don’t think that’s true at all. But I’m not going to go into it yet. ”
Elsewhere in that game, Yankees DJ LeMahieu hit two homers, and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier went deep for a third straight game and after failing at all in his first 29 games of the season. The Yankees ‘victory means they reduced the Rays’ lead in the division to 3-1 / 2 games. These two teams will meet for the last time of the 2020 regular season on Wednesday, and given what happened on Tuesday, this one will deserve your full attention.