3. July 15, 2019 vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Travis d’Arnaud Game. Write it in ink.
Did you click on this list of “Worst Yankees Losses of the Past Five Years” because you’re a masochistic Yankees fan or a hater? Be honest. This has been unpleasant to write, and likely unpleasant to read.
Up 4-2 entering the ninth thanks to an extremely clutch Edwin Encarnacion home run in the eighth (awesome!), Aroldis Chapman allowed singles to Kevin Kiermaier (that guy again) and Guillermo Heredia to start the inning off, then retired both Willy Adames and Joey Wendle on swinging strikeouts. Awesome! Deed done.
Oh, except he still had to get d’Arnaud, the former Met who was only just coming into his own. He battled to a 3-2 count before walloping a home run into the right-field seats. Stunner. The Yankees, equally dead behind the eyes, went down quietly in the ninth.