Yankees’ misery escalates with another loss to Rays

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Even Gerrit Cole couldn’t stop the Yankees from sinking deeper into the depths of despair.

The $ 324million ace tried to play the scoring role on Sunday and got off to a good start, but the brawl’s attack remained empty as the Yankees lost a fifth straight game and were swept away by the Rays with a 4-2 loss at Yankee Stadium. .

The Yankees (5-10) had just three hits as the Rays (8-8) continued to have their number, improving to 5-1 against the Yankees this season and 15-3 against them. since September 2019.

The last time the Yankees won was Cole’s previous start on Monday against the Blue Jays, but he couldn’t get them out of their funk on his own. He gave up three runs (earned two) while striking out 10 in 6 ¹ / ₃ innings, but was burned by poor defense in a two-run third inning before giving up the starting point in the seventh.

Cole took the mound on 98 pitches to start the seventh inning in a 2-2 game, having struck out 12 straight batters. After the removal of Mike Brosseau, Joey Wendle lined up a single and Yoshi Tsutsugo scored a brace away from midfield to put the Rays ahead 3-2 and end Cole’s day.

Wendle then took Darren O’Day to the bottom of the ninth inning for an insurance race.

Aaron Judge reacts to the Yankees' loss to the Rays today.
Aaron Judge reacts to the Yankees’ loss to the Rays today.
Robert Sabo

Giancarlo Stanton had given the Yankees – on their worst start since 1997 – their first series lead in the second inning when he tore a solo home run to the short porch in right field. It was the Yankees’ first time leading in 22 innings, going back to the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

It didn’t last long, however, as the Yankees made it early in the third, thanks to some costly defensive blunders from their outfield. Mike Zunino chose to lead the round before Kevin Kiermaier hit a bloop in center field. Aaron Hicks tricked Zunino into pretending to grab him before he fell. He could have squeezed the force out in seconds, but he blew up the ball and Zunino reached it safely.

Yandy Diaz came next and managed an RBI single draw at center field, where Hicks again couldn’t line him up cleanly, allowing Kiermaier to take third base. It turned out to be costly when Manuel Margot hit a sacrificed fly in left field to lead 2-1. Even that game didn’t go smoothly, as Clint Frazier threw the pitch into the no man’s land between the mound and first base, allowing Diaz to score and glide safely second. But Cole managed to come out of the jam with a strikeout.

The Yankees were tied in the fifth inning, when Gio Urshela started with a brace and eventually scored on a two-strike RBI single from DJ LeMahieu. But with the crowd on their feet hoping for more, Aaron Judge struck to block a pair of runners.

LeMahieu later got another chance to play the hero, sending a charge into the crowd with a flying ball to right field in the seventh inning, but he fell into Margot’s glove on the warning lane.

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