There was a point in this game, probably some time in the top of the sixth inning when the Yankees were leading 10-0 and there was a hint in the air that a brawl might be on the cusp of happening, that I thought to myself, “This would be the stupidest all season to start a fight over.”
Also, Andrew Kittredge gave up four runs in less that two innings of work. Yes, the pitch behind to Austin Romine certainly might have been intentional retribution for Bauers getting hit by a pitch, but again... this would be the stupidest game all season to start a fight over.
But then in the sixth CC Sabathia hit Jesus Sucre in the leg in a no-doubt intentional hit, which he then pointed to the Rays dugout and said “That’s for you, [expletive deleted].” Both Sabathia and manager Aaron Boone were ejected (costing Sabathia $500,000 by coming up two innings shy of a bonus). The Rays bullpen was suddenly on their feet, and it was almost worth it just to see Aaron Judge and Sergio Romo toe-to-toe (both chuckling). Still no fight, but the tension was running high.
An 'Aaron Judge is a large human' pic. pic.twitter.com/xL9TTiw40P— Ryan Delgado (@_ryan_delgado) September 27, 2018
The Rays, who still hope to get to 90 wins this season, certainly didn’t get any closer to that goal today. First Jaime Schultz had an abysmal start, giving up four runs in less than an inning of work. He was replaced by Austin Pruitt who gave up three more runs. Then it was Kittredge’s turn and he gave up four more. The score by mid-sixth was 11-0.
This game was very bad.
C.J. Cron decided if no brawls were going down he would get his hits in another way, with a solo home run to straight center. Enjoy it, we’re not getting any more. Ultimately the Rays only got two hits for the whole game, compared to the 13 from the Yankees.
Anyway, at the end of the day the Yankees won it 12-1, there was no bloodshed, and the season series tipped in favor of the Yankees, who won 10 of the 19 games played against the Rays this year.