The Yankees decided to use an opener against the Rays on Friday night, just like they did when they lost in Game 2 of the ALDS last October. But unlike that playoff loss, the Yankees’ loss on Friday was mostly tied to their weak offense and shoddy defense on a disastrous night in the Bronx.
Yes, reliever Nick Nelson spat out two runs in the first inning, but the surprisingly weak Yankees lineup was again strangled in a deservedly booed 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay at the Stadium for a rocky start. five. home game booth.
Manager Aaron Boone later admitted he had “already addressed” his Yankees following the latest loss that dropped their record to 5-8, the worst in the American League. As for his message, he said, “That’s for in there.”
“Obviously the fact that he is speaking to us means we have to play better, and I think everyone has understood that because we have to come tomorrow ready to go,” said outfielder Clint Frazier. . “I’m not going to go into everything he said, but that’s the message I got from it.
“If you weren’t aware, you’re after the meeting. … I think hearing it from him is a little different than hearing it from players. Boonie is usually so cold that when speaking to us everyone should listen.
The lousy game was also marked by a several minute delay in the eighth inning at home when a few fans among the angry announced crowd of 10,202 threw baseballs and other objects on the field.
“You hate to see it, that’s what I would say to that.” Sadly a handful of people end up doing it and it seems bad for everyone and it’s a shame that has happened, ”said Boone. “Of course I understand that we have such a passionate fan base with understandable high expectations, as do all the guys in this room. “
A throw from reliever Michael King resulted in a Tampa Bay player’s 31st stroke-for-stroke by a Yankees pitcher since 2018, but the Rays only retaliated with their 14th win in 19 games (including the playoffs) against the Bombers since early 2020. This includes Game 2 of last year’s ALDS, in which the Yankees pitched rookie Deivi Garcia as a one-inning opener before turning to veteran JA Happ. in what became a 7-5 loss.
Former Mets right-hander Michael Wacha limited the Yankees to one hit in six scoreless innings, before Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homerun to Trevor Richards in the seventh precluded their second loss of the season.
Boone’s side also made three errors, including two leading to three unearned runs in the Rays’ fifth four-point inning that extended Tampa Bay’s lead to 6-0.
The Yankees are batting just .222 for the season with 14 home runs through their first 13 games. Boone benched collapsed first baseman Jay Bruce (1 in 19) on Friday and dropped No.3 regular hitter Aaron Hicks (0.167) to sixth place for the first time this season.
The Yankees also chose to pitch Nelson as an opener with King, brought back from the alternate site, to work behind him. Nelson, who had already thrown a 9.00 ERA in three relief games this season, lost three batters 2-0 in the game after Austin Meadows walked, Randy Arozarena doubled up and Brandon Lowe had a brace of two points.
King hadn’t pitched since pitching six scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit on April 4 against the Blue Jays.
He worked in and out of trouble in two of his three scoreless innings on Friday night until Luis Cessa relieved him in the fifth. The Rays quickly extended their lead to three over Mike Brosseau’s RBI brace, before mistakes by Gio Urshela and Rougned Odor later in the set put the Yankees in a 6-0 hole.
“It must be better,” Boone said. “We certainly expect better.”
The Rays added two more points on Mike Zunino’s brace against Lucas Luetge in the sixth, before Stanton finally provided a positive moment with a two-run homer in the seventh.
“Adversity is going to hit us at some point, and it’s definitely upon us right now,” Boone said. “We have to answer them and find out what kind of club we are when we go through a difficult time.
“We’re gonna succed. Nothing has changed there. I have the greatest confidence in this roster, in this team. We just need to start playing better. Period. … Put your nose down, put your nose in there and get to work.