08/15 22:32 CDT Yankees blanked for 2nd straight game, lose to Rays 4-0
Yankees blanked for 2nd straight game, lose to Rays 4-0
By LARRY FLEISHER
NEW YORK (AP) --- The slumping New York Yankees were shut out in consecutive
games for the first time since 2016, losing to Ryan Yarbrough and the Tampa Bay
Rays 4-0 on Monday night.
Coming off a 3-0 defeat Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, New York
failed to provide any run support for ace Gerrit Cole, whose only run allowed
followed a misplay in center field by Aaron Hicks.
"Obviously we gotta play better, we gotta do better than that," Yankees manager
Aaron Boone said.
The AL East leaders were blanked for the fourth time in nine games and dropped
to 8-16 since the All-Star break after a 64-28 start.
Yarbrough (1-7) pitched four innings as a bulk reliever for his first win in
nearly a year, striking out six without a walk. He previously won Sept. 24,
2021 and had lost eight straight decisions over 14 appearances, matching the
"It was nice," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I think Yarbs has pitched really
well here as of late. He probably deserves a little bit better in the win-loss
column, but he's contributing in a big way."
The Yankees hadn't been held without a run in back-to-back games since Sept.
22-24, 2016, when they were blanked once by the Rays and twice by the Toronto
"Right now we gotta do better and it's hard right now," Boone said. "It's hard
and we gotta find a way. We gotta keep digging ourselves out of this."
Hicks got turned around on the warning track and couldn't field David Peralta's
flyball in the fourth inning, resulting in a triple. Isaac Paredes then singled
off Cole (9-5) for a 1-0 lead, enough to get the Rays on their way to a third
"First off, I turned the wrong way," Hicks said. "I tried to recover. I ended
up thinking it was still right on top of me and it ended up being behind me."
Tampa Bay added three runs in the ninth on Jose Siri's RBI single and Yandy
Daz's two-run single.
Cole allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked
two and allowed one run or less for the 11th time this season.
Hicks batted with the bases loaded in the fourth but hit a soft comebacker to
Yarbrough, who started a 1-2-3 double play
After Yarbrough's 58-pitch outing, Ryan Thompson got the next five outs,
getting Aaron Judge on a double play in the eighth. Brooks Raley fanned Anthony
Rizzo before the Rays added on, and Jason Adam pitched the ninth.
Rizzo thought he was grazed on the right leg in the third, but plate umpire
D.J. Reyburn ruled he leaned into the pitch. Rizzo and manager Aaron Boone
vehemently argued to no avail.
"It shouldn't have been called tonight," Rizzo said. "I have been hit by a lot
of pitches and it's never been called."
After striking out on the next pitch, Rizzo slammed his helmet in the dugout
"Whenever you feel like you got screwed over on a call anytime it's annoying
because we're out here competing at the highest level and I'm up here talking
to you guys (media)," Rizzo said. "And I feel like the umpires have zero
accountability when they miss something like that. I know they're not trying to
miss, but it's just frustrating.
Rizzo has been hit by a pitch 17 times, tied for the AL lead with Seattle's Ty
Rays: SS Wander Franco (right hamate bone) will join Triple-A Durham to start a
rehab assignment Tuesday or Wednesday.
Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles tendon) took batting practice in the
indoor batting cage and also did fielding drills in the outfield. He said he is
not quite ready to start a rehab assignment. ... RHP Luis Severino (strained
right lat) threw 25 pitches in his first bullpen session since going on the IL
July 14. Severino said he feels "the best I've felt all year." ... An MRI on
INF DJ LeMahieu showed inflammation in his right big toe and he is day-to-day.
Tampa Bay LHP Jeffrey Springs (4-3, 2.56 ERA) opposes New York LHP Nestor
Cortes (9-3, 2.67) on Tuesday.
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