Rays Stitch Together Impressive Pitching Performance, Defeat Yankees

Six Pitchers Hold Yankees To 1-Run

The Tampa Bay Rays used six pitchers to limit the New York Yankees to a single run en route to a 2-1 victory.

Ryan Yarbrough (6-3, 4.02 ERA) picks up the win for the Rays who improve to 35-40 on the year.  Tampa Bay improves to 12-19 in one run games.  They have the most one run losses and have played the second most 1-run games behind only the Seattle Mariners who have played 34.

CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.18 ERA) took the loss for the Yankees who fall to 50-23 on the season. The loss ends the Yankees four game winning streak. It was just the Yankees fifth loss when allowing four runs or fewer, two of those games are to Tampa Bay.

How It Happened:

The Rays opened the scoring in the fourth inning. With one out Daniel Robertson doubled then Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch.  Willy Adames drove in Robertson with a single.

Tampa Bay extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning. Matt Duffy led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on CC Sabathia’s throwing error. He moved to third on an infield single by Wilson Ramos and scored on C.J. Cron‘s sacrifice fly that was scraped off the wall by a leaping Aaron Judge.

The Yankees cut the lead in half in the seventh. Gleyber Torres started the rally drawing a 1-out walk. He moved to third on Brett Gardner‘s single and came home to score on Aaron Judge’s single.  Brett Gardner’s single moved Andujar to third and he came in to score on Aaron Judge’s single. The Rays escaped further damage retiring Giancarlo Stanton on a groundball back to the mound. Chaz Roe was lifted for Jose Alvarado who retired Didi Gegorius on a ground out to second.

The Rays were able to stitch together their pitching staff and Sergio Romo was able to induce a game inning double play ball to secure the win.

For Openers:

Ryne Stanek worked a scoreless first inning allowing a single and walk. The Yankees did force him to throw 25 pitches (15 for strikes). He has not allowed a run in nine straight appearance (5 starts) dating back to June 1st. He’s kept the opposition off the scoreboard in 13 of his last 14 outings (7 starts). Additionally, he hasn’t allowed a run in eight appearances (4 starts) at home this season totaling (9.2-innings).

The Relievers:

Ryan Yarbrough entered the game in the second inning and held the Yankees scoreless for 3.1-innings allowing four hits while striking out four and walking three. He threw 65 pitches with 40 for strikes.

While Yarbrough wasn’t as sharp as he or the Rays would have liked, it was a stabilizing outing for him. He had struggled going 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA (15-ER/20.2-IP) over his last four starts. He had allowed four earned runs in three straight appearances.

Diego Castillo worked a scoreless 1.2-innings. He did not allow a hit while striking out two and walking one.  He made 24 pitches with 13 for strikes.

Chaz Roe worked the seventh inning and was charged with one run in 0.2-innings. The run ends a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless appearances spanning 12.2-innings.

Jose Alvarado came into the game with runners at second and third and 2-out. The Rays  were holding a 2-1 lead at the time. He retired Didi Gregorius on a groundball to second to end the inning. Alvarado stayed in and worked a scoreless eighth inning turning the ball over to Sergio Romo in the ninth.

Romo allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Andujar but got Gleyber Torres to fly out and induced a game inning double play ball from Brett Gardner.

Missed Opportunities:

Tampa Bay had runners at first and third with 1-out in the first inning.  CC Sabathia struck out C.J. Cron for the crucial second out. Jake Bauers worked a walk to load the bases but Daniel Robertson  softly lined out to second to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, the Rays got back-to-back one out singles from Carlos Gomez and Willy Adames putting runners on the corners. Johnny Field struck out when his attempted safety squeeze with two strikes was fouled off.  Kevin Kiermaier walked to load the bases but Matt Duffy grounded out to short after a 12 pitch at-bat to end the threat.

Up Next For Rays:

The Rays and Yankees will play the middle game of their three game series on Saturday afternoon at 4:10.  Wilmer Font (0-3, 7.56 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays. Sonny Gray (5-4 4.89 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Yankees.

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