Both teams brought back their starters on short rest to pitch this decisive game five.
Tyler Glasnow puts down the Yankees in order to start the first. Gerrit Cole was a bit wild in the first inning. After quickly striking out Austin Meadows, he allows a walk then drills Randy Arozarena to put two men on base. A ground out to Ji-Man Choi is almost wasted as Yandy Diaz walks to load the bases. A full count to Joey Wendle and Cole strike him out looking to keep the score at 0.
Both teams don’t allow more than one baserunner on at a time through the fourth when Aaron Judge steps up to the plate. He barely gets his bat on the second pitch, but manages to hit it over the right field wall. 1-0 Yankees.
Bottom of the fifth, Meadows up to bat and hits one deep to right center. Judge at the wall, leaps and hits his head on the overhanging padding above the LED wall. Would he have caught it and prevented the score from tying on the home run? We will never know. 1-1 game.
Bottom of the seventh, Brett Gardner robs Meadows of a second home run as he snags a ball at the wall. However Mike Brosseau takes it back as he hits one off of Aroldis Chapman to give the Rays the lead. Yankees go down in order in the ninth and the Rays win the game 2-1 and the series. Yankees eliminated.