ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Charlie Morton's total career numbers against the Yankees in regular time were not exactly intoxicating for Wednesday's game against the Rays.
In a landmark game 7 of the ALCS two years ago with the Astros The right-hander started, however, and delivered five innings that helped him bring his friends to the World Series.
Morton turned around was the main reason why Tampa Bay scored a 4-0 victory in front of 20,390 spectators at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night.
Morton was 3-2 with 4.54 ERA in seven regular season starts Yankees. He was 1-1 in three games against the Americans this season with 5.28 ERA.
He was much better than this Wednesday when he allowed a goal in six innings, three went and hit nine. Expect the right-handed player to receive the votes of AL Cy Young with an ERA of 3.05 in a 1
Based on the season in which the Astros was at home, four out of seven games in the ALCS are significant. The percentage of Astros victories of .741 in the minute Maid Park is the best since the Yankees wins of .765 in 1998, and their 60 home wins represent the 13th best of all time. The Yankees' 62 victories in the Bronx in 1998 are the highest in history.
The second consecutive defeat against the Rays brought the Yankees a 12: 7 record against a team they could possibly face in the ALCS.
After they left In two unbeaten bats and runners in the scoring position in a 12-2 defeat of 12 innings, the Yankees were 3-0 on Wednesday
with Luke Voit second and DJ LeMahieu first and two outs as the second on the eighth beat Aaron Judge for the third time.
Joey Wendle and Avisail Garcia went hunting for the rays. Wendle started in the first and Garcia in the eighth. His collided with a catwalk in the left field.
J.A.. Happ took on the opener Jonathan Loaisiga in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit of the Yankees and allowed in the next four frames no run.
That changed in the sixth when Garcia launched a ground single to the right-centered and scored from the first to Matt Duffy's double in the third base bag, which rolled to the wall. Duffy was caught as he rounded out second baseman for second, and Kevin Kiermaier beat out for third.
Happ, likely to be relieved during the upcoming ALDS, admitted one run and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts.
LeMahieu spoiled Morton's no-hit offer with a soft-line drive to the right and two outs in the sixth. Judge missed a 3: 0 pitch, but went on foot to bring LeMahieu for Brett Gardner in second place.
With left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, Ray's manager Kevin Cash stayed with Morton and was rewarded when Gardner hit a 1 -2 pitch on the ground on the right and strand two.
Morton needed 76 pitch to go through five innings. Outside of Gardner's routine first inning fly-ball in the middle, the Yankees did not shoot a ball out of the infield for five frames and hit it eight times.
Luke Voit in the third and a one-out run The free pass on Tyler Wade, who scored a 0-2 hole, only gave the Yankees a chance through five innings against Morton.
The way to Wade brought LeMahieu, probably the most complete hitter of the Yankees, on the plate into the 2-0 lead of the Rays. Instead, he beat a 6-4-3 double.
Before the game, Aaron Boone glowered at Loaisiga, who has the chance to be among the 12 or 13 tables the Yankees are wearing in the first round of the playoffs.
"If he's good at sighting, he has the ability to move right and left," Boone said of his starter on Wednesday night. "When [Loaisiga] throws the ball the way he can, he's set to be effective in every role."
In the role of opener, Loaisiga scored two runs in the first inning and four hits on the Yankees in an instant 2: 0 hole.
Wendle hit Loaisiga's third pitch of the match 2-0 over the midfield wall, and Brandon Lowe added a 2-0 single that sealed Austin Meadows from third.