The New York Yankees were convinced that they could defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. First baseman Luke Voit even said “we are going to win it,” after the Bombers took Game 4 behind a good start from Jordan Montgomery. However, the offense wasn’t there and they fell short 2-1, losing the best-of-five series.
On Thursday, Voit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter and talked about the disappointing loss, one that has been tough to swallow for the New York Yankees’ players and the fanbase. “It was really tough on us, but we will get them next year,’’ he said.
The Rays were very problematic for the Yankees. In the regular season, they won eight of the ten matchups between the two teams. And later, in the postseason, they sent the Bombers packing with the series victory in San Diego.
They beat the Yankees fair and square
Even still, Voit wasn’t being a sore loser. He praised Tampa’s talent, he just wants next season to get here already so the Yankees can avenge the defeat.
“They are a feisty bunch of hitters. They kind of play small-ball, find a way to get guys over, bunt and going first to third,’’ Voit said. “Their pitching depth is unbelievable. You have to give them some credit. They will bring their closer in the fourth inning just to get through the part of our lineup. It’s a different philosophy, but it is working.’’
“They took it to us, but you know what? We are going to be back next year and get after it,’’ Voit said. “But at the end of the day, you have to tip your cap even though it is frustrating and not what we want as Yankee nation.’’
The Rays are currently up 3-2 against the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. They held a 3-0 lead, but the Astros have fought back and are now about to even the matchup if Tampa doesn’t close it out.
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