Yankees Lose 10-5 In Game 1 Against The Rays

The New York Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5 as the Yankees had a sloppy performance during game 1 of the series and are now 3-4 in the AL East. 

Corey Kluber And Defense Struggled Against The Rays Early

Corey Kluber without a doubt is trying to prove that he can be what he once was this season. During his second game on the mound, Kluber ultimately had trouble facing the Rays lineup. 

Overall, he pitched only 2.1 innings with 3 strikeouts, 5 hits, and 2 walks. This was definitely not the start he wanted as he gave up 3 earned runs. Apart of what made this happen was the defense. The Yankees had 1 throwing error made by the third baseman, DJ LeMahieu. A couple of passed balls in the infield allowed baserunners to get through and add damage against the Yankees pitching. Corey Kluber was quickly removed from the game with runners at first and third with no outs in the third inning, 4-3 Yankees. The bullpen relieves him with hopes of no further damage. 

The Bullpen Struggles After A Strong Start To the Season

Nick Nelson replaces Corey Kluber In the middle of the 3rd inning and the Rays did not stop here.  Joey Wendle was quick to double towards the left field that scored 2 runs, 5-4 Rays. Nelson eventually gets out the 3rd inning with no further damage. Nick Nelson stayed in the game for the 4th inning as he hits and walks the first two batters. He eventually gets the first out on a strikeout against Randy Arozarena but during the very next batter, Brandon Lowe doubles to center field clearing the baserunners, 8-4 Rays. Yandy Diaz then singles to right field that scores Brandon Lowe from 2nd, 9-4 Rays. Nelson gets out the inning with back-to-back strikeouts.

Lucas Luetge was called out from the bullpen to pitch the 5th, 6th, and 7th inning. He had two shutout innings during the 5th and 6th inning but gave up a home run to Willy Adames during the 7th, 10-4 Rays. Luis Cessa pitched a shutout inning in the bottom of the 8th which eventually would be the last inning the Yankees would pitch. The pitching was not good today compared to how dominant they have been the first 6 games of the season with a 1.74 ERA.

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The Offense Struggles Once Again

Although the offense scored five runs this game, many hitters are still struggling to hit. The only decent bats today were from the first 3 in the lineup, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks. LeMahieu went 2-4 with a home run and a single. Stanton went 1-4 with a huge single that scored two runners earlier in the game. Hicks also hit a meaningful 2 run home run at the beginning of the game against Rich Hill. The Yankees have struggled in this game as well as past games to get on base and when they do, they don’t score them. The offense needs to show improvement with more consistency throughout the next few games. 

Up Next

The Yankees will face the Tampa Bay Rays again tomorrow at 1:10 PM for game 2 of the series with hopes of a win. The team is in dire need of a win if they want a chance of winning the series and stay within the AL East standings. The pitching will hope to bounce back and have the offense become more dominant. Something to note is that Aaron Judge has been dealing with soreness on his left side of his body and may play in tomorrow’s game. Gio Urshela also missed today’s game as he was placed on the COVID injured list due to side effects from vaccination. You can watch tomorrow’s game on the YES Network or listen on WFAN radio. 

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