Yes, reliever Nick Nelson spat out two runs in the first inning, but the surprisingly weak Yankees lineup were again strangled in a deservedly booed 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay at the Stadium for a rocky start to. five. home game booth.
The lousy match was delayed for several minutes in the eighth home inning, when several fans among the announced angry crowd of 10,202 people threw baseballs and other objects on the field.
Relief Michael King has demanded a Tampa Bay player’s 31st stroke-by-stroke by a Yankees pitcher since 2018, but the Rays only retaliated with their 14th win in 19 games (playoffs included) against the Bombers. since early 2020. This includes last year’s second ALDS game, in which the Yankees pitched rookie Deivi Garcia in a single inning before turning to veteran JA Happ in what has become a defeat 7-5.
Former Mets right-hander Michael Wacha limited the Yankees (5-8) to one hitting in six scoreless innings, before Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homerun to Trevor Richards in the seventh precluded their second loss shutout of the season. The 29-year-old Wacha, who walked two and struck out nine, posted a 6.62 ERA in eight games (seven starts) last year with the Mets.
Aaron Boone’s side also made three errors in the game, including two leading to three unearned runs in the Rays’ fifth four-point inning, which extended Tampa Bay’s lead to 6-0.
The Yankees are now batting just .222 for the season, with 14 homers through their first 13 games. Boone benched collapsed first baseman Jay Bruce (1 in 19) on Friday and dropped No.3 regular hitter Aaron Hicks (0.167) to sixth place for the first time this season.
The Yankees also chose to pitch Nelson as an opener, with King being brought back from the alternate site to work behind him. Nelson, who had already thrown a 9.00 ERA in three relief games this season, lost three batters 2-0 in the game after Austin Meadows walked, Randy Arozarena doubled up and Brandon Lowe had a brace of two points.
King hadn’t pitched since pitching six scoreless innings of relief and allowed just one hit on April 4 against the Blue Jays. The right-hander was picked two days later to create a place for Rougned Odor, but King was called up on Friday to replace demoted Albert Abreu on the 26-man roster.
King worked in and out of trouble in two of his three scoreless innings to keep the Yankees within two runs. He escaped a first and third jam with no outs in the third, recording two strikeouts. King also scored three straight hitters with two in the end of the fourth before taking out clean-up hitter Yandy Diaz on a grounder in the second.
Luis Cessa relieved King in fifth and the Rays quickly extended their lead to three over Mike Brosseau’s RBI brace inside third base. Gio Urshela put Willy Adames ground in third place to allow another point to score before Cessa reloaded the bases with two steps.
Second baseman Odor’s second mistake – love at first sight in front of LeMahieu on what should have been a late inning double play – put the Yankees in a 6-0 hole. The Rays added two more points on Mike Zunino’s brace against Lucas Luetge in the sixth.
Stanton finally provided a rare positive moment when he followed Glebyer Torres’ first single against Richards in the seventh by crushing a 3-1 pitch from the right seats for his second homer of the season.