No Late Inning Drama, Rays Fall To Yankees In Game One Of Doubleheader
The New York Yankees scored three times in the fifth inning en route to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of their doubleheader.
Yonny Chirinos (8-5, 3.29 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays after allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out eight and walking two. The loss drops the Rays to 56-42 on the season and seven games behind New York in the AL East heading into the second game of the double header.
It’s not your imagination if you feel like Tampa Bay plays it’s worst in New York against the Yankees. Since Sep 9, 2014, the Rays have lost 14 of their last 15 series there. They will have to win the second game of tonights double header to avoid losing ther 15 series in their last 16 in the Bronx.
Remarkably, Tampa Bay has held a lead in 35 of their last 49 games in the Bronx, but have won only 13 of those games (13-36) since September 10, 2014. Tampa Bay is 7-21 (.250) at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2017 season and 13-34 in New York under Manager Kevin Cash.
Domingo German (12-2, 3.38 ERA) picks up the victory for the Yankees who improve to 61-33 on the season.
Gio Urshela, who finished with three hits in the game, tied the game at 2-2 belting his 9th homer in the home half of the second.
Chirinos worked out of a bases loaded 2-out jam in the fourth inning by striking out D.J. LeMahieu with the bases loaded with a 98-mph fastball at the letters.
Chirinos wasn’t as fortunate in the fifth, allowing three runs which gave New York all the runs they would need to cruise to victory.