Rays Unable To Solve Happ, Misery In New York Continues

Beeks, Adames Bright Spots For Rays 

The Tampa Bay Rays continue to struggle at Yankee Stadium falling to the Bronx Bombers 4-1 in the opener of their three game series.

Hunter Wood (0-1, 4.05 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who fall to 60-59 on the year. He allowed one run to score on Aaron Hick’s bloop single over a drawn in infield in the first.

Tampa Bay falls to 6-7 against New York on the season including 1-6 in New York. Over the last two seasons, the Rays are 9-3 against New York at home and 3-14 at Yankee Stadium.

J.A. Happ (13-6, 3.86 ERA) picks up the win for New York who improve to a season high tying 31 games over .500 at 75-44. New York is 7-2 over their last nine games and improve to 42-18 at home.

Happ delivered seven innings of scoreless baseball allowing just 1-hit while striking out four, walking four, and hitting a batter.  His 13 wins are the second highest total of his career (20-4 in 2016).

He continues to dominate American League East foes. Since the beginning of 2017 he’s posted a 7-7 mark with a 2.28 ERA (27-ER/106.2-IP) and has struck out 99 batters in that span (19 starts).

Beeks Has Impressive Outing:

Jalen Beeks followed Hunter Wood to the mound and gave the Rays an impressive five innings allowing just two runs on Austin Romine‘s friendly confine homer in the fifth.  The homer was one of only two hits he allowed while striking out eight and walking two. He made a season high 93 pitches with 53 for strikes.

Adames Provides Offense:

Tampa Bay mustered only three hits on the night, but Willy Adames‘ contribution left the yard. He delivered a solo homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth inning.

Up Next For Rays:

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Tampa Bay and New York resume their three game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 pm.  Jake Faria (4-3, 4.97 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays. New York counters with Luis Cessa (1-2, 4.50 ERA).

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