Yankees 2-0 Rays: Schmidt slams door in series opener

Clark Schmidt takes the mound to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 10, 2024.
Amanda Paula
Friday May 10, 2024

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New York Yankees 2-0 Tampa Bay Rays

On Friday night, the New York Yankees clinched victory with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Clarke Schmidt held the mound, allowing just five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Anthony Rizzo played a crucial role, blasting a homer and bringing in two runs to secure the Yankees’ triumph over the Rays.

How it happened

In a tightly contested battle, Clarke Schmidt led the charge for the New York Yankees, delivering a masterful performance against the Tampa Bay Rays. Schmidt’s commanding presence on the mound stifled the Rays’ offense, allowing just five hits over 6 2/3 innings. His remarkable consistency continued, extending his streak of starts with three or fewer runs to an impressive eight.

Anthony Rizzo emerged as the offensive hero for the Yankees, showcasing his prowess with both his bat and glove. Rizzo’s pivotal contributions included a crucial RBI single in the fourth inning, setting the tone for the Yankees’ offensive push. However, it was his ninth-inning blast, a resounding home run off Shawn Armstrong, that solidified the Yankees’ victory, driving in both of the team’s runs.

Anthony Rizzo was seen running during the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, May 10, 2024.
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Despite Schmidt’s dominance and Anthony Rizzo‘s heroics, the game’s conclusion wasn’t without its tense moments. Yankees closer Clay Holmes found himself in a nail-biting ninth inning, navigating through a bases-loaded situation with precision. Despite issuing two walks and allowing a crucial single, Holmes held his nerve, striking out Jonny DeLuca to secure his 12th save of the season.

On the opposing mound, Rays starter Taj Bradley made a commendable season debut, surrendering just one run over six innings of work. Despite his efforts, Bradley was outmatched by the Yankees’ potent lineup, unable to stifle their offensive onslaught.

The game featured notable performances from Giancarlo Stanton, whose blistering 116.4 mph single kickstarted the Yankees’ scoring rally, and Aaron Judge, who exhibited patience at the plate with two walks on the night.

Off the field, both teams dealt with their fair share of injury concerns. Yankees manager Aaron Boone provided updates on key players, including ace Gerrit Cole and infielder DJ LeMahieu, who continue their recovery processes. For the Rays, the impending returns of Ryan Pepiot and closer Pete Fairbanks offer a glimmer of hope amidst their injury woes.

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The Yankees hitting rotation

Up next

Looking ahead, the Yankees will send left-hander Nestor Cortes to the mound to face off against Rays right-hander Zack Littell in what promises to be another intriguing matchup. With both teams vying for supremacy in the competitive AL East, every game carries significant weight as the season progresses.

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