Torres Stings Snell, Rays Drop Another One Run Game

Rays Fall To 10-18 in 1-Run Games

Gleyber Torres delivered a 2-out 3-run homer in the fifth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit en route to a 4-3 Yankees victory.

Domingo German (1-4, 5.23 ERA) picked up his first career win for the Yankees who improve to 44-20 on the year. He allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out 10 and walking two. His 10 strikeouts set a career high (previous high was nine [2x]). Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth inning to pick up his 19th save.

Blake Snell (8-4, 2.58 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who drop to 32-36 on the season. Snell lasted just five innings allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out 8 and walking four. He needed 105-pitches (57 for strikes) to get through five innings. The blow against him came in the bottom of the fifth whenTorres delivered a 2-out 3-run homer, on a full count, that gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead.

The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Matt Duffy hit the first pitch of the game out of the park. According to Adam Sanford of Draysbay, it was the 10th time in franchise history that a Rays hitter has homered on the first pitch of the game.

Struggles On The Basepaths:

Tampa Bay Rays,
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The Rays continue their struggles on the basepaths. In the third inning, Matt Duffy was thrown out trying to score. Although, trying to score isn’t as questionable as what happened with Carlos Gomez in the seventh.

The Rays were trailing 4-3 with one out in the top of the seventh. Gomez attempted to steal third and was thrown out by a country mile. Attempting to steal, while already in scoring position, in that situation is inexplicable.

Tampa Bay is just 10-18 in one-run games. The mistakes on the bases is a big reason why they fall short in tight contests. Until they fix that part of their game, they are going to continue to struggle in tight affairs.

Nuno Continues To Impress:

Vidal Nuno took over for Blake Snell and gave the Rays three scoreless innings. He’s allowed runs in just one of his six appearances. He has been scoreless over his last 6.1-innings and lowered his season ERA to 1.35 (2-ER/13.1-IP).

Up Next For Rays:

The Rays and Yankees will play the second game of their four game series on Friday night at 7:05. Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.94 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. The Yankees Jonathan Loaisiga will be making his Major League debut.

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