For the second week in a row, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Blake Snell of the Rays went at it mano-a-mano in a pitcher’s duel. Although Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings, the Yanks (27-17) lost in 11 innings, 2-1.
The Yanks scored their only run of the game in the third inning. With one out, Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu singled and Luke Voit walked. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Snell threw a WP, allowing a run to score. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning.
It was an awful day for Sanchez, who struck out each of the first four times he came to bat, and GIDP to end the game in his last at bat.
In the top the sixth, with a man on second and two out, a liner up the middle struck Tanaka’s shin and ricocheted to Luke Voit at first. Voit stepped on the bag for the third out. The richochet saved what at that time was the tying run. Although X-rays were negative, Tanaka is still questionable for his next start with a contusion.
In the bottom of the sixth, with one out, Aaron Hicks reached second on an error. With two out, Gleyber Torres singled, but Hicks (who ran through a stop sign) was gunned down at the plate.
In the top of the seventh, Tommy Kahnle gave up HR to the first batter he faced, and that tied the game at 1.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gio Urshela almost won another game by himself. After fouling off a ton of pitches and working a LONG at bat, he drilled one to RCF that was caught just in front of the wall.
In the top of the eleventh, Luis Cessa gave up a HR, and that was the ballgame. 2-1 Rays.
Because of the DH the other day, Chad Green will be the Yanks’ “opener” tomorrow. It will be a bullpen game, and it will be interesting how Aaron Boone manages it.
Hicks 2 hits.
Sanchez 0 for 5. Struck out first 4 times up, Game ending DP last time.
Urshela 2 hits.
Clint Frazier slumping. 8 for his last 48.
It looks like we may be getting Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton back in about 2-3 weeks.
There will then be interesting decisions to be made then. Who goes? Probably Estrada for Didi, but who for Stanton? Morales? Maybin?
Tanaka 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.09
Kahnle (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.50 Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.66
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.04
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.09
Cessa (L, 0-1, 3.60) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.