FINAL: Rays 4 Yankees 2
The Yankees dropped game two of the three-game series to the Rays, which also gives the Rays another series win over the Yankees. The win goes to Fairbanks (3-1) for the Rays, the loss goes to Zach Britton (0-2) for the Yankees, and Beeks gets his first save (1) for the Rays.
With tonight’s win, the Rays are just half a game behind the Yankees in the AL East division standings. The Yankees have lost five of six games this season to the Rays.
The Rays struck first tonight with a home run by Ji-Man Choi in the top of the second inning that gave the Rays the early 1-0 lead over the Yankees.
In the top of the third, Mike Zunino extended the Rays lead to 2-0 with a home run to center field off of Cole.
In the bottom of the third, Luke Voit hit a solo home run to right field to put the Yankees on the board and decrease the Rays’ lead to 2-1. That home run was Luke Voit’s ninth home run of the season, which ties Aaron Judge for the team’s lead in home runs.
In the top of the eighth, Mike Brosseau singled to center field and scored Brandon Lowe to extend the Rays lead to 3-2 over the Yankees. That was followed by a single by Willy Adames that scored Jose Martinez and extended the Rays lead to 4-2 over the Yankees.
Gerrit Cole: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 2 HR, 109 Pitches-78 Strikes
Zach Britton (L, 0-2): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO 0 HR
Jonathan Loaisiga: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR
POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCES:
Aaron Boone met with the media following tonight’s game. Boone stating that in the eighth inning, he felt like Britton was about to work his way out of the game and then the lost the at-bat to Lowe. He got the groundout to Martinez to keep the score tied, and then Brausseu got the hit to score the run. Boone stating that once the Yankees got it to first and second with a tie score, he thought Britton had the chance to finish it and get the ball on the ground.
Boone took Gerrit Cole out in the seventh inning of tonight’s game. Boone stating he felt like Cole worked pretty hard to finish off the sixth inning and into the seventh, stating that he felt like the matchup of Britton and Meadows was the way to go. Boone stating that Cole looked great tonight, but with pushing 107 pitches, flipping to Britton to face Meadows was the right timing. Boone stated he thought Cole was about as dominant as the Yankees have seen him and that he pitched phenomenally and was in command tonight. However, Boone reiterated that once they got to Meadows, that was the right time to bring in Britton.
Gerrit Cole also met with the media following tonight’s game, stating that overall he felt his start was a pretty good one and that he executed more pitches than not. Cole stating that overall he was pleased with his performance, other than the pitch to Choi in the second and the pitch to Zunino, both of which were hit for home runs.
Cole was taken out in the seventh and showed a great deal of emotion when Boone came to get him and turn the game over to Britton. Cole stating that controlling your emotions isn’t an easy thing and that he wanted to finish the game tonight and felt like he had enough left in him to do so.
Brett Gardner met with the media following tonight’s game. Gardner stating that it’s frustrating that the Yankees can’t break through the Rays, stating that they didn’t have a good trip to Tampa, haven’t played well the last two days, and that the Yankees have to try to find a way to solve the Rays and get to their pitchers. Gardner stating it’s frustrating when you have a really good team and that they have to figure out how to get through the Rays, who are also a great team, with a pitching staff that throws heat and hitters that can come up with timely hits. Gardner stating the Yankees have to do better against the Rays.
Gardner spoke on Tyler Glasnow, stating the has a really good fastball, curveball, as well as a good changeup that he mixes in. Gardner stating that Glasnow’s stuff is as good as anybody’s in the game and that tonight the Yankees let him off the hook with chasing a couple of pitchers pitches that were outside of the zone.
Gardner also spoke on Cole’s performance, stating that Cole is the ultimate competitor and that he loves to compete and take the ball. Gardner stating that if Cole could go out and throw 140 to 150 pitches every five days, he would, which is why he was frustrated about coming out in the seventh inning. Gardner stating that Cole did a really good job tonight and that it’s on the offense to get Cole more run support.
The Rays and Yankees will close out their series tomorrow at 1:05 PM. It will be James Paxton on the mound for the Yankees.