(San Diego) Mike Brosseau hit a home run against Aroldis Chapman late in the eighth inning, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
The Rays have won this series of American sections in five games and will make the championship series for the first time in 12 years.
The first series circuit Brosseau career occurred in 10 th launch of his at bat against the Yankees stopper. Chapman entered the game in the seventh inning and Brosseau catapulted a fastball at 100 miles an hour into the stands at Petco Park.
The Rays will stay in San Diego and now cross swords with the Houston Astros. The teams met in the section series last year and the Houston squad had the advantage in five games.
“They have been the team to beat in recent years,” said Brosseau. We were knocked out by them last year so it will be fun to face them again. "
The American Championship Series kicks off Sunday night and the Rays will be part of it for the first time since 2008, when they defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Series. global. Brosseau and Chapman have a little history in season. Chapman threw a fastball at 101 miles per hour near the head of Brosseau during the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Rays, the 1 st of September.
“There was no revenge. We left that in the past, said Brosseau. We came here to win a series and to move on to the next round. We came to do what we do best, which is to play our style. "
Chapman probably had nothing against Brosseau personally, but the pitch seemed to be the culmination of a growing rivalry in the East section of the American. After Brosseau was ignored in the draft, the Rays signed him to a contract worth US $ 1,000 in June 2016.
Austin Meadows also slammed a long ball for the Rays, sending an offering from Yankees ace Gerrit Cole over the right-field fence in the fifth inning. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge also hit a four-goal strike in the match. It was a solo circuit in the fourth round.
The Tampa Bay troops have hit 11 home runs in this series against 10 for the New Yorkers.
Cole started the game after a short break for the first time in Majors. He struck out nine opponents in five and a third innings.
Relief Diego Castillo took the win after failing to hit the mound in two innings. The Rays won eight of 10 games against the Yankees during the season.