Yankees 0-2 Rays: Judge struggles as Bronx Bombers’ offense sputters in loss

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New York Yankees 0-2 Tampa Bay Rays

In a disappointing turn of events at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees failed to ignite their offense, resulting in a 2-0 defeat against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of the series. While the Yankees emerged victorious in the opener on Friday night, the stage is now set for an intense showdown in the series finale on Sunday in the Bronx.

Yankees lineup struggles despite strong pitching effort

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Despite a packed Yankee Stadium on John Sterling Day, nine innings elapsed without either team breaking the deadlock. However, in the tenth inning, Tampa Bay seized the opportunity, capitalizing on a José Caballero double and a timely single from former Yankee Ben Rortvedt to notch the only two runs of the game against Caleb Ferguson.

Even with a “ghost” runner in the tenth, the Yankees couldn’t capitalize, as Oswaldo Cabrera struck out swinging, leaving Anthony Rizzo stranded at third base.

Yankees‘ starter Nestor Cortes delivered an exceptional performance on the mound, significantly lowering his ERA to 3.41 after seven scoreless innings, during which he allowed only six hits and recorded nine strikeouts. Despite encountering a few challenges, Nestor Cortes displayed composure and determination, navigating through tough situations.

However, Cortes’ brilliance was matched by Rays’ pitcher Zach Eflin, who also kept the Yankees’ offense at bay for six innings, conceding just three hits and striking out six.

The Rays’ bullpen continued the dominance, with Colin Poche, Phil Maton, Jason Adam, and Garrett Cleavinger each delivering a scoreless frame to secure the victory for Tampa Bay. Adam claimed the win, while Cleavinger secured his first save of the season.

Meanwhile, Ferguson suffered his third loss of the year, with his ERA climbing to 6.23. With this defeat, the Yankees’ record falls to 14-7, while the Rays improve to 12-10 in the competitive AL East.

Prior to the game, the Yankees paid tribute to retiring radio broadcaster John Sterling, honoring his illustrious career spanning over 5,600 games since 1989. Despite the heartfelt ceremony, the Yankees couldn’t bid farewell to Sterling with a win on the field.

Offensively, the Yankees struggled to find momentum against the formidable Rays’ pitching staff, managing only four hits throughout the game. Captain Aaron Judge endured a tough day, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, eliciting some boos from the crowd in the ninth inning.

With only Juan Soto (twice), Rizzo, and Alex Verdugo registering hits against the Rays, it was a challenging day overall for the Yankees’ offense.

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Both teams will reconvene for the series finale on Sunday, with Aaron Civale set to start for the visiting Rays and Luis Gil expected to take the mound for the Yankees at 1:35 pm ET.

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