Yankees 10-6 Rays: Trevino’s two homers, Gil’s gem secure victory despite blown lead

Lou Trevino in action during a game on Sunday, May 12, 2024, between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays

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New York Yankees 10-6 Tampa Bay Rays

In a game defined by Jose Trevino’s power display, where he launched two of New York Yankees’ five homers, and Luis Gil’s dominant six scoreless innings, the Yankees reclaimed control after nearly squandering a six-run lead to secure a 10-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Trevino’s offensive prowess was evident with a two-run shot in the third inning and a solo homer in the eighth, propelling the Yankees ahead 10-5. Gleyber Torres, despite his struggles, added to the Yankees’ offensive onslaught with his second homer of the season, a three-run blast earlier in the eighth inning.

How it happened

In the midst of a tumultuous spring, Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees found himself in a pivotal moment during Sunday’s clash against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida. Despite a recent slump at the plate, Torres stepped up when it mattered most, shifting the momentum with a crucial swing.

Torres had been struggling since his first home run of the season on May 2, enduring a 4-for-30 slump with no extra-base hits leading up to Sunday’s game. After being benched the previous day and going hitless in his first three at-bats on Mother’s Day, Torres faced a high-pressure situation in the eighth inning.

Aaron Judge during a game on Sunday, May 12, 2024, between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.
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The Yankees’ bullpen had faltered in the seventh inning, nearly squandering a commanding 6-0 lead built by the impressive performance of starter Luis Gil. However, Caleb Ferguson and Nick Burdi allowed the Rays to claw their way back into the game, narrowing the gap to 6-5.

With one out and runners in scoring position in the eighth inning, Torres found himself behind in the count against reliever Shawn Armstrong. Undeterred, he unleashed a powerful swing on a 3-2 pitch, sending the ball soaring over the left-field fence for a three-run homer. Torres’s timely blast not only extended the Yankees’ lead but also injected a surge of confidence into the team.

As Torres rounded the bases, a wave of cheers erupted from the stands, underscoring the significance of his clutch performance. The momentum continued as catcher Jose Trevino added his second home run of the game, solidifying the Yankees’ 10-6 victory and securing the series win against the Rays.

Despite facing adversity, the Yankees showcased resilience and depth throughout the game. Jahmai Jones, making just his second start of the season, made his mark with his first career MLB home run, while Anthony Volpe’s early offensive spark set the tone for the team.

However, the bullpen encountered challenges in the later innings, highlighting areas for improvement despite the overall success of the game. Yet, the victory marked another impressive series win for the Yankees, further cementing their strong start to the season.

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Up next

Looking ahead, the team will enjoy a well-deserved day off before facing the Minnesota Twins in their next matchup. With key contributions from players like Torres and a resilient spirit guiding them, the Yankees remain poised for continued success as they navigate the challenges of the season.

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