Game 152 was painful to watch as the Tampa Bay Rays shut the Yankees out, 2-0. Luis Cessa pitched a fine game, giving up two runs in six innings of work, but it was all for naught as the Yankees could not scratch in a run despite numerous opportunities.
Blake Snell started for the Bay Rays and pitched five stressful innings. He gave up five hits and walked three. But like Bruce Willis in "Die Hard", he defied the odds and got the outs he needed.
The Yankees had a pitiful night with runners on base. Tip your cap to the pitching or kick the batters in the shins? Who knows. What is known is that Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury started the game with two singles and neither scored as Gary Sanchez and Billy Butler struck out and Mark Teixeira popped out to first.
Cessa gave up a run in the first on three singles, the last one to Brad Miller--that guy again. And in the old days, that would count as the game-winning RBI. After that run, Cessa closed the door on the Rays until the sixth when Corey Dickerson hit another homer off the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the Yankees' stranded base runners started to pile up. There were two in the first, one in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. The team did not go down 1-2-3 until the seventh at the hands of old friend, Chase Whitley.
All in all, the Yankees left eleven men on base for the game and were 0-9 with men in scoring position. Cessa deserved better.
- Chase Whitley pitched two and two thirds for the Rays and earned his third hold and has not given up a run for the Rays. I always liked him.
- Luis Severino was again spectacular in relief.
- Mark Teixeira saw 24 pitches in his four at bats but only put one of them in play--that pop out in the first. A guy with a .622 OPS should be batting fifth, right?
- Aaron Hicks was back in the lineup (tepid clapping) and had two hits.
- Gary Sanchez was pitched around as he walked twice. He did pick Curt Casali off of second base with a laser. What was Casali doing?
The Tigers won both games of a double-header. The Orioles and the Astros lost. The wildcard is getting remoter and remoter. The Yankees go to Toronto from here to play a weekend series.