Yankees 0-7 Diamondbacks: First loss of season halts New York’s winning streak

A dejected Aaron Judge leaves plate after umpire makes questionable strikeout call in Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ, on April 2, 2024.

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New York Yankees 0-7 Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Christian Walker, the power hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks, smashed a three-run home run, while pitcher Zac Gallen delivered an outstanding six-inning shutout. This dynamic duo proved too much for the New York Yankees, who succumbed to a 7-0 defeat against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. This victory halted the Yankees’ impressive winning streak at the start of the season, during which they had triumphed in five consecutive games.

After clinching the National League Championship last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have kicked off this year with a commendable 4-2 record. Demonstrating their offensive prowess, they swiftly capitalized on Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes in their recent victory. Five of their initial six batters successfully reached base in the first inning, propelling them to a comfortable 3-0 lead courtesy of RBI singles from Blaze Alexander, Eugenio Suárez, and Gabriel Moreno.

Gallen Shines, Walker Launches D-backs to Victory

That proved to be all the support Zac Gallen (2-0) required. The right-hander, who was a contender for the Cy Young Award last season with a 17-9 record and a 3.47 ERA, continued his impressive start by limiting the opposition to three hits and walks while striking out six batters across six scoreless innings.

Gallen’s dominance extended his streak of not allowing any runs to 11 innings this season.

In the seventh inning, Christian Walker secured the victory with a majestic three-run homer off Jake Cousins. The powerful hit, estimated at 424 feet, sailed over the left field wall, bringing Ketel Marte and Blaze Alexander home.

Pinstripe Slump Snaps Yankees’ Winning Streak

Despite their blazing 5-0 start, signs of weakness began to emerge in the New York Yankees’ offense. While their early-season victories may have masked some struggles, those issues came to the forefront on Tuesday. Aaron Judge, the team’s leading hitter, failed to register a hit in three at-bats, settling only for a walk and dropping his batting average to a mere .125. Moreover, other key hitters didn’t fare much better: Anthony Rizzo sits at .190, Giancarlo Stanton at .150, and Alex Verdugo at a chilly .143. This collective slump ultimately resulted in the Yankees’ first loss of the season.

Nestor Cortes (0-1) took the loss for the Yankees, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings.

On the offensive front, the Diamondbacks showcased a well-rounded effort with five players each collecting two hits: Christian Walker, Blaze Alexander, Ketel Marte, Jake McCarthy, and Geraldo Perdomo. Their collective contribution kept the pressure on Cortes and the Yankees’ pitching staff.

This commanding display marked only the second occasion in franchise history that Arizona shut out the Yankees. The previous shutout occurred during a crucial Game 2 victory in the 2001 World Series.

The New York Yankees traded left-hander Nick Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for cash considerations. Ramirez had been designated for assignment a few days earlier, making him eligible for trade.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks dealt infielder Emmanuel Rivera to the Miami Marlins for an undisclosed sum. Like Ramirez, Rivera had also been designated for assignment on opening day, indicating a desire for a fresh start.

The lineups

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The next

The Yankees-Diamondbacks three-game series wraps up on Wednesday. Arizona will rely on right-hander Merrill Kelly (1-0, 1.35 ERA) to aim for the series victory. New York will respond with left-hander Carlos Rodón (0-0, 2.08 ERA) on the mound.

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