The Yankees (19-14) are 18-7 against everyone else. Good.
And 1-7 against their division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, who extended their AL East lead over the Yanks to 4 1/2 games with a 5-3 win at Yankee Stadium Monday night. The Rays have beaten the Yanks six straight.
This is a problem.
Even the Yankees’ ace, Gerrit Cole, is having trouble with the Rays, as he didn’t have it last night and lost the game. The gopher bug has hit him lately.
Cole gave up a 2-run HR to Ji-Man Choi in the first inning as Choi (a one-time Yankee for six games in 2017) seems to own him and the Yanks lately.
Cole gave up another HR in the second. 3-0, Rays.
The Rays got another run in the fifth, in an inning started by a walk to Choi.
Nick Nelson gave up a run in the sixth on an RBI single by, you guessed it, Choi.
Meanwhile, the Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Gio Urshela homered (6) to cut it to 5-1.
Luke Voit hit a two-run HR (13) in the eighth, 5-3.
Miguel Yajure, 22, RHP, made his MLB debut.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Voit 2-run HR (13)
Urshela solo HR (6)
Cole (L, 4-2, 3.91) 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 4 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. Off night.
Nelson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.45
Yajure 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT.
The Yanks made no moves prior to yesterday’s 4 PM trade deadline.