tampa bay rays Experienced three of his quietest nights at the plate against the Baltimore Orioles earlier this week
rays Locked it up and started delivering big results at the plate against the series opener new York Yankees, They will now attempt to enjoy another successful hitting performance on Friday night when the American League East foes continue the four-game series.
Division-leading Tampa Bay went 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position, while dropping two of three runs to the Orioles, just rays‘Third series loss of the season. After being blank in the first four innings on Thursday, the rays 8-2 for his third win in four matches with Yankees this year
“It’s just part of the game, it happens,” said Tampa Bay right fielder Josh Lowe. “We ran into a hot Baltimore pitching staff out there and they were doing their job, but we know we have this clubhouse and everybody else, we go out there and have nights like (Thursday).”
rays Collected eight of his 11 hits against New York’s relievers, highlighted by a big night from Lowe. He scored the game’s first run on Yandy Diaz’s double in the fifth, then hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth to collect a career-best five RBIs.
“even if it Yankees Or anybody else in the AL East, it doesn’t matter,” Lowe said of being nine games up. Yankees, “We’re trying to win as many ballgames as possible to separate ourselves from everybody else. So we’re going to do what we can to go out there and win a lot of ballgames.”
rays They may be forced to chase their next win without star shortstop Vander Franco, who has been sidelined for days because of neck stiffness. Franco had two hits on Thursday before exiting in the fifth inning.
Gleyber Torres hit a two-run double in the ninth but was the last out Yankees Was stopped for two runs or less for the 14th time. The rough night at the plate came after he scored 28 runs in a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics.
Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge returned for his third game on Thursday from a three-point right hip strain
“We have to come up with a better game plan in the box and execute it,” Judge said.
Yankees Hope they can deliver better results at the plate in support of right-hander Gerrit Cole, who is having his worst this season.
Cole (5-0, 2.09 ERA) saw his ERA climb to 1.35 on Sunday when he allowed season-highs of six runs, five earned runs and eight hits in a season-low five-plus innings against Tampa Bay. .
Cole also served up his first two homers of the season when Jose Siri hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and Christian Bethancourt hit a three-run shot in the sixth – hits that helped rays eventually won 8–7 on a single by Isaac Paredes in the 10th.
“It’s terrible,” Cole said on Sunday. “I’ve got to find a way to do a better job of getting him out there and we’ve got to go a little bit deeper and stop runs.
Cole is 2-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 career starts. rayswho has struck out 12 times in 97 innings against him while facing him for a .218 batting average and .645 OPS.
Tampa Bay will use an opener, with right-hander Trevor Kelly (0-1, 9.00 ERA) expected to start. The bulk reliever could be Josh Fleming (0-0, 4.55 ERA), who allowed six runs in five innings against Australia. Yankees on Sunday
– Field Level Media