The New York Yankees lost last night to the Tampa Bay Rays on a walk-off single by Michael Perez. It ended a 4-game series where the Rays beat the Yankees 3 games to 1. For the New York Yankees, they have now lost their lost 5 out of 7 games. The Yankees had significant problems in most of these games. One of them was an offense, not deciding to show up. There would also be times where Aaron Boone made many mental mistakes that cost starting pitching performances.
The first game saw an exciting pitching duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Blake Snell. Both offenses seemed to have trouble trying to get anything off of both pitchers. The only scoring in this game came from the Rays in the bottom of the 8th inning.
When Adam Ottavino was up for the Yankees, he walked Kevin Kiermaier and Yoshi Tsutsugo. After Tsutsugo got to third on a wild pitch, Michael Perez brought him home on a sac-fly. That would be it for the scoring from both teams as Chaz Roe shut down the Yankees for the victory. But the Yankees offense came alive in the doubleheader.
The first game of the doubleheader on Saturday saw the Yankees offense finally come into play. Mike Ford started it off in the 3rd inning after launching a two-run shot to make it 2-0 Yankees.
After Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres walked, Gio Urshela sent both of them home to make it 4-0. In the 5th inning, Stanton homered and made it 5-0. Gerrit Cole continued to dominate his game as he almost got his 20th straight regular-season win. Striking out 10, this has been his best Yankee performance so far. Aaron Judge added another homerun making it 7-3. The final score would be 8-4, Yankees.
The second game of the doubleheader saw Michael King making his first performance as a starter. However, King had some issues when it came to getting outs. Austin Meadows got to him right away with a double. It all ended up with a bases-loaded walk to Yoshi Tsutsugo, bringing the Rays home a run in the first. It took until the fourth inning for the Yankees to score as Luke Voit singled to bring back Giancarlo Stanton.
However, Gleyber Torres made a baserunning mistake when going to third, wasting an opportunity to score more runs. After the Rays scored four more runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the Rays took a commanding 5-1 lead. In the seventh, DJ LeMahieu managed to get two runs to make it 5-3. Unfortunately, Judge could not become the hero again as he flew out to center to end the game.
For the Yankees and their fans, they hoped that James Paxton had a good start. Thankfully for the fans and the team, James Paxton did a phenomenal job. He managed to strike out 11 batters. The only run the Yankees scored were from mistakes by the Rays.
Voit and Gleyber Torres to score. Sadly, Aaron Boone, in the 7th inning, caused the Yankees to lose this game. Rather than having anyone warming up in the bullpen, Boone allowed Paxton to continue. He then walked Jose Martinez. Next, he allowed home runs to Mike Brosseau and Brandon Lowe to tie the game. The game would be tied until the 9th inning.
Rays Win Bottom of the 9th and Conclusion
The game then headed to the bottom of the 9th inning with Zack Britton on the Yankee’s mound. Allowing Britton to come onto the mound didn’t work as the Rays won the game on a walk-off single by Michael Perez. The Rays won the series 4-1, as the Yankees now go back home to Yankee Stadium and will play the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.
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