Yankees’ hitting slump hands Rays a 3-0 victory: What’s next for New York?

Aug 26, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; New York Yankees Clarke Schmidt (36) pitcher throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Tropicana Field.

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Tampa Bay Rays 3, New York Yankees 0

After securing an initial victory against the Rays in the series opener, the New York Yankees subsequently entered a losing streak, facing defeat against the weakest team in MLB, with a final score of 3-0. The increasing number of losses has left fans pondering: What will happen next?

The Rays secured their seventh win out of twelve games against the Yankees this season, clinching the season series victory for the third time in four years. Tampa Bay improved to a record of 4-1 on their homestand, while the Yankees had a 1-1 record on their ten-game road trip.

The pitchers have failed again, which makes it totally understandable for fans to clamor for the promotion of the Triple-A top prospect Austin Wells, who has been gaining a lot of attention due to his special momentum in the minors.

On the other side, Clarke Schmidt of the Yankees delivered a solid performance, pitching 6 2/3 innings and conceding six hits. He allowed three runs, of which one was earned while striking out five and not issuing any walks. DJ LeMahieu managed two singles for the Yankees, but their struggles continued as they fell to 2-11 in their past 13 games and 16-25 against teams in their division.

The Yankees scored no hits, while Rays’ Tyler Glasnow shines

Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays showcased a remarkable performance, throwing 5 1/3 innings without conceding a hit, resulting in a scoreless start. This outstanding display contributed to the Rays’ two-hit shutout of the visiting New York Yankees on a Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida. Glasnow, with a record of 7-4, allowed just one single while striking out four and issuing two walks during his 85-pitch, six-inning outing. Impressively, he secured his second victory against the Yankees in under a month.

Josh Lowe was instrumental for the Rays, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Randy Arozarena and Luke Raley, who also stole a base, both doubled and scored for the Rays. In the second inning, the Rays capitalized on a fielding error by New York’s third baseman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, resulting in two unearned runs.

Glasnow’s impressive mound performance was supported by relievers Robert Stephenson and Jason Adam, who both delivered perfect innings with two strikeouts each in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Pete Fairbanks closed out the game with his 17th save, ensuring the Rays’ 12th shutout of the season.

As a notable side event, the Rays honored Carl Crawford, a franchise legend holding records in batting average, hits, triples, and stolen bases, by inducting him into the team’s Hall of Fame before the game.

Looking forward, the silver lining of this series lies in the fact that it marks the final encounter with the Yankees this season. Despite the expanded interleague play, the Rays felt they had faced the Yankees too frequently. Fortunately, this particular game turned out to be a victory, making it a more enjoyable experience for the spectators. The pitching matchup saw Tyler Glasnow against Clarke Schmidt, resulting in the following dynamics for the game:

In the early stages, Glasnow managed to hold the Yankees to one baserunner, a walk to Torres, without allowing any runs. The Rays’ offensive efforts in the home half of the inning didn’t yield any results.

Glasnow’s dominance continued in the second inning, as he retired the Yankees’ batters in order. The Rays seized the opportunity to score first, with Paredes reaching base due to a fielding error and Raley following up with a double. A sac fly from Harold Ramirez brought in Paredes, followed by another sac fly from Aranda to score Raley. This pushed the Rays ahead by 2-0.

Glasnow encountered another walk in the third inning, but the Yankees once again couldn’t convert it into runs. Arozarena managed a double for the Rays in the bottom half, and a subsequent double by Josh Lowe brought Arozarena home. Both teams went 1-2-3 in the fourth inning, resulting in a quick inning for both sides.

Glasnow’s streak of success extended into the fifth inning, retiring the Yankees’ batters without any trouble. The Rays’ side saw a single from Brandon Lowe, but they were unable to capitalize on it.

In the sixth inning, Glasnow conceded his only hit of the game, a single to LeMahieu, but the Yankees failed to score. Glasnow’s day ended after six innings, during which he allowed just one hit, no runs, two walks, and struck out four on 85 pitches. While he possibly could have continued, the decision was made to not overexert him. Schmidt allowed a single to Paredes in the bottom half of the inning, but the Rays were unable to increase their lead.

Reliever Robert Stephenson took the mound for the Rays in the seventh and efficiently handled the Yankees’ lineup with a 1-2-3 inning. The Rays’ offense in the bottom half saw Aranda lead off with a single, followed by a fielder’s choice that eliminated Basabe (pinch-running for Aranda). Basabe reached second on a wild pitch, but the inning concluded without any additional runs.

Jason Adam stepped onto the mound in the eighth inning as the Rays’ reliever, replicating Stephenson’s performance with another 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom half, Arozarena drew a leadoff walk, Josh Lowe singled, and a Raley fielder’s choice moved Arozarena to third while eliminating Lowe at second. Raley subsequently stole second base. However, the Rays were unable to convert these baserunners into runs, entering the ninth inning with a three-run lead.

Pete Fairbanks, entering the game as a reliever, aimed to preserve the lead for the Rays. LeMahieu managed to secure a single, becoming the only Yankee to do so in the game. Fairbanks recovered swiftly from the hit, retiring the remaining batters and securing the victory for the Rays.

What’s next for New York?

In the last 13 games, the Yankees have only won two times. The playoffs are a delusional idea, as the team is having the worst campaign in the American League, with 62 wins and 67 losses thus far. Moreover, when compared to the latest 10 games, they were defeated eight times.

However, with the series currently tied, the Yankees are looking forward to seeking a win in game 3 against the Rays on Sunday, August 27, at 1:40 P.M Eastern Time.

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