It wrapped up a game featuring the best of the Yankees’ high powered backup corps, as Chapman, Zack Britton and Chad Green combined to pitch five no-hitting innings, and all could be ready for Game 5 of Friday.
“We have been relying on our enclosure all year round, and tonight they have been great,” said Gleyber Torres.
Chapman came in with two strikeouts in the eighth after Britton stopped the Rays by retiring five in a row, after coming in to start the seventh. Chapman sniffed Randy Arozarena with another 101 mph fastball to finish eighth.
Ahead of the series, both teams said last month’s incident was a thing of the past, and at least for now, it appears to be.
The stakes are higher at this stage.
On Thursday, Aaron Boone said he would be “aggressive” with the use of his high leverage box arms and he was.
He took Jordan Montgomery out of the game after four innings and went straight to Chad Green, who had as big a outing as anyone out of the Yankees box.
After another brilliant regular season, when he finished with a WHIP of 0.818, the lowest on staff, Green had again weakened in the playoffs.
He had struggled in the wild-card series outings and in the second ALDS game.
Green got up three times in the reliever pen before finally entering the game to start the fifth.
He struck out all six hitters he faced, forcing Mike Zunino to fly and knocking out Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe in the fifth.
After the 13-length round, Green came back for sixth place and allowed Arozarena to retire and Ji-Man Choi to fly to center before Manuel Margot scared the Yankees by drilling a ball in the deep center that Aaron Hicks has found it.
Green’s appearance not only helped the Yankees stay alive for at least another day, it may have put him back on track in the playoffs after a poor start to the playoffs.
It started in Game 2 of the wild card series, when Green came to the aid of Masahiro Tanaka and quickly allowed the two runners he had inherited to score, when he gave up a two-point brace to Jose Ramirez. .
Green recovered to pitch a key scoreless seventh inning in the ALDS opener against the Rays to maintain a one point lead.
But again in Wednesday’s loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3, Green came in after another mediocre exit from Tanaka and made matters worse, this time giving Kevin Kiermaier a starting brace in the sixth, then a two-point homerun in the field opposite Michael. Perez.
In all, Green had given up six hits in just 3 ¹ / ₃ playoff innings before Thursday. But in Game 4, he, Britton and Chapman showed just how dangerous they can be.