Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d’Arnaud already hit two solo home runs in the game in the first and the third-inning off of James Paxton. With Tampa Bay trailing 4-2 in the ninth-inning after Edwin Encarnacion hit a go-ahead two-run homer off of Andrew Kittredge in the eighth-inning, d’Arnaud would come up to the plate with two outs and two runners on base.
Travis d’Arnaud was down to his final strike and hit the game-winning three-run home run off of Aroldis Chapman to lift Tampa Bay over the New York Yankees 5-4.
Travis d’Arnaud went 3-for-3 in the game and he drove in all five runs for Tampa Bay. I bet a lot of New York Mets fans had a bunch of mixed emotions with the kind of game d’Arnaud had.
Mets fans hate the Yankees but at the same time, some fans felt that they might have given up on him too soon.
The other two runs that the New York Yankees scored in the game was in the fourth-inning on a solo home run by Edwin Encarnacion off of Blake Snell.
Gio Urshella hit a solo home run in the seventh-inning for New York off of Emilio Pagan.
Kittredge (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Tampa Bay. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three hits and two runs. Andrew Kittredge walked one batter and struck out two.
Aroldis Chapman (2-2) was the losing pitcher for New York. He pitched one inning and gave up three hits and three runs. Chapman also struck out two batters. He blew his fourth save of the season.
James Paxton was the starting pitcher for the Yankees. He pitched six inings and gave up seven hits and two runs. Paxton walked two batters and struck out seven.
Blake Snell was the starting pitcher for the Rays. He pitched five innings and gave up three hits and one run. Snell also walked two batters and struck out fout.
New York could have been up seven games on Tampa Bay in the AL East standings, but they are only up five games on them now.
The second game of this four-game set will continue on Tuesday night. The projected pitching match up will be Ryan Stanek (0-2, 3.14) for the Tampa Bay Rays and C.C. Sabathia (5-4, 4.03) for the New York Yankees.