The Nationals got the last laugh as Juan Soto's solo shot in the top of the seventh was the decision maker in the 5-4 loss for the Yankees on Wednesday night. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) Sonny Gray continues to struggle at home, as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits over five innings. Gray didn't have the control of his arsenal on the mound as he did in Toronto in his previous start. He walked into this contest with a 7.22 ERA at home, and didn't do much to clean up that infalted number. Luckily, he had a couple pick offs and good plays in the field to keep the damage low.
2) Gleyber Torres tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a monster solo blast to left center field that went an estimated 435 feet. His 12 homers and 30 RBI since entering the league leads all MLB rookies.
3) Chasen Shreve was the hurler that let up Soto's big fly in the seventh, and his ERA rose to 4.37 on the year because of it. Over his last 25 games, Shreve has a 6.92 ERA (10 earned runs in 13 innings).
4) Greg Bird, who was mired in a 1-for-20 funk entering the game, was dropped in the lineup by manager Aaron Boone. It might have been the best thing for him as he belted a moonshot to right field in his first at-bat to put the Yankees on the board. He would finish the night 2-for-4.
Gray was just one out away from squeaking through five innings of shaky baseball with the lead, but he could not sustain it, and the offense failed to get the big hit to pull off a comeback.
The Yankees had chances to take back control, but endured uncharacteristically poor production with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-7 in such situations. They came into today's game slashing .263/.353/.462 (122 OPS+) with RISP, so when they don't succeed in those situations, it's amplified because of how good they usually are.
Gray struggled in the first inning, throwing 34 pitches in the frame, but allowed just one run. It seemed as though he was on a path to a six-inning start, but then allowed a walk, hit, and the three-run homer to Soto.
Gray continues to be woeful at Yankee Stadium. At this point, it seems that his mindset changes in New York, feeling as though he has to prove his road success is no fluke. Unfortunately, the more Gray thinks, the worse off his performance becomes.
Highlights from Sunday's game...
Domingo German (5.32 ERA/4.45 FIP) and the Yankees host Blake Snell (2.30 ERA/3.31 FIP) and the Rays on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. to kick off a four-game series.