It was a confusing and frustrating night for the New York Yankees last night at Petco Park. The Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 7-5, with a few confusing moves and poor offensive performance. The Yankees failed to plate runs in big situations, as the Rays pitching dominated.
Tyler Glasnow put together a solid outing for the Rays, going five innings giving up three hits, four runs, and racked up 10 strikeouts. Deivi Garcia was pulled after the first inning for J.A. Happ in a quite puzzling move. Yankee manager Aaron Boone tried to confuse the Rays lineup by using Garcia as an opener, but the move completely backfired. Happ only went 2.2 innings allowing 5 hits and 4 runs, with two strikeouts.
The Yankee offense went quiet for the most part. Four of the five runs came off of the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, who finished the game with two homers. The rest of the Yankee offense accumulated three hits and totaled 18 strikeouts against arguably the Rays best pitchers.
Deivi Garcia Leaves After One, Yankees Begin To Trail Early
The Yankees started the game going down quietly in the first inning vs Tyler Glasnow. Deivi Garcia came in and he gave up a solo homer to Randy Arozarena to make it 1-0 Rays in the first. In the top of the second Giancarlo Stanton tied the game with a solo homer to right. J.A. Happ relieved Garcia in the second inning. However, the Tampa Bay Rays quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the second when Mike Zunino hit a two-run home run to left, putting Tampa in front 3-1. Tampa built on this lead in the third with another two-run homer, this time from Manuel Margot. Tampa was leading 5-1 heading into the fourth.
Yankee Offense Remains Quiet
Aaron Hicks started the fourth inning with a base hit. Then Luke Voit walked, bringing up Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton hit a 418-foot bomb to deep left field to bring the Yankees within a run. The Yankees went down 1-2-3 in the fifth as the score remained the same. Jonathan Loasiga relieved Adam Ottavino with one out in the fifth and gave up a single to center field from Kevin Kiermaier, bringing in another Rays run. The lead was extended to 6-4. New York went down quietly in the sixth yet again, but the Rays tacked another on. Austin Meadows hit a solo home run to deep center, making it 7-4. In the seventh, the Yankees blew another chance to creep closer with a runner on first and second. Gary Sanchez, D.J. LeMahieu, and Aaron Judge all struck out with time running out to take a lead. Tampa was held to nothing in the seventh. Then, the Yankees went down 1-2-3 again in the eighth, along with the Rays.
Nothing going in the ninth-
The Yankees had runners on first and second with no outs. However, Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez struck out swinging at pitches out of the zone. D.J. LeMahieu hit a single to drive in a run to make it 7-5 Tampa, keeping the Yankees alive. Judge stepped in with a chance to tie but grounded out softly to third to end it, and the Rays took Game Two by a score of 7-5.
The Yankees look to take a 2-1 series lead tonight at 7:10 PM in Game Three with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound.