Rays’ Mike Brosseau gets sweet revenge on Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman with clutch go-ahead home run

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The Rays never led the Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS on Friday until the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau got the best of an Aroldis Chapman fastball — a fastball that happened to be the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Here’s the game-changing color television footage: 

That blast made gave the Rays a 2-1 lead and pushed their chances of winning Game 5 from 56.2 percent to 85.3 percent. That one-run margin would hold up and send the Rays to the ALCS for the second time in franchise history (box score). As for Brosseau’s clutch homer off that triple-digit fastball, it’s not something that happens often: 

There’s also this: 

To state the obvious, coming off the bench to face a pitcher with Chapman’s stuff is no easy task — bonus credit to him for fouling off a pair of fastballs and a pair of sliders

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MLB playoffs: Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of go-ahead homer

For a moment, it seemed as if Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had done it again.

Tatis had previously pulled off home run heroics in San Diego’s Wild Card Series win over St. Louis. With two outs in the seventh inning and the Padres trailing by a run, Tatis hit what appeared to be a surefire two-run blast to straightaway center field.

Then Cody Bellinger turned into Superman, and the Dodgers escaped with their lead intact.

Bellinger and the rest of the Dodgers were understandably fired up after the game-saving play. Pitcher Brusdar Graterol flung his hat and glove in excitement, and then appeared to blow a kiss to Padres third baseman Manny Machado. Machado, unsurprisingly, was not too pleased with that.

Graterol’s taunt, and Machado’s reaction, sparked several other Dodgers to shout at Machado and the Padres dugout. Graterol stayed in the game in the eighth, when he

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Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of go-ahead home run with incredible catch

The 2020 MLB season has been the Year of Fernando Tatis Jr. and it looked as if the San Diego Padres’ shortstop was going to add another legendary moment to his list of achievements when he crushed a Brusdar Graterol pitch to deep center field — until Cody Bellinger appeared and made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to keep the Dodgers ahead late in Game 2 and Clayton Kershaw in line for the win.

Bellinger’s grab was the first home run robbery in a postseason game since Los Angeles had a David Freese long ball taken away by Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain in the 2018 NLCS and the fifth in the past five postseasons. But Bellinger’s night might have them all beat with this added fact: Bellinger

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