For the second consecutive night, the Tampa Bay Rays saw their bats stay relatively quiet in the Bronx, falling for a second straight time to the New York Yankees, this time by a 4-3 decision Wednesday.
After averaging almost eight runs a game through the second half of May, and hitting almost .300 with runners in scoring position, the Yankees pitching again stymied Tampa Bay’s bats. The Rays went just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position Wednesday after going 1 for 11 the previous evening.
The Yankees jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with two outs following a Giancarlo Stanton single and a fielder’s choice by Aaron Judge that erased Stanton. Gio Urshela turned around a Shane McClanahan pitch into the seats in right for his sixth home run of the season.
Tampa Bay had an opportunity for a big inning in the fourth as Austin meadows led off with a base hit and moved to third on a double by Mike Brosseau. Manuel Margot then grounded to shortstop, and while Meadows was able to score, Brosseau was tagged out trying to advance to third base, short-circuiting the inning.
New York added on to their lead in the bottom of the inning, as the Yankees loaded the bases on a double by Gleyber Torres, a base hit by Rougned Odor, and a walk to Gary Sanchez. McClanahan struck out Miguel Andujar before manager Kevin Cash went to the bullpen and brought in Ryan Thompson. Thompson got a ground ball from Clint Frazier, but it evaded all the infielders and got into center field to score two runs.