The Yankees were getting on base, but they couldn't get each other around in their 6-1 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
1) New York left a total 10 runners on base Wednesday night, and finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The worst of these struggles came in the bottom of the fourth when the Yankees had bases loaded with one out. But Austin Romine struck out and Ronald Torreyes was just thrown out after a slow roller.
2) The only bright spot on offense tonight was Miguel Andujar, who continues to run away with the AL Rookie of the Year award with his production. He hit a solo homer in his first at-bat in the bottom of the second, and notched a double as well. He now continues to lead all AL rookies with 55 extra-base hits.
3) Luis Cessa didn't do his job in the spot start for CC Sabathia. He, once again, allowed five runs as he struggled to get ahead of hitters, and keep the ball out of the middle of the plate.
4) It was encouraging to watch Sonny Gray come out of the bullpen and perform well. He allowed just one run on four hits over 3.1 innings. Gray's secondary pitches had tons of bite as always, but there was more control on his end. His ERA still sits at 5.43 on the season.
Highlights from Monday's game
The Yankees cannot seem to break through to 32 games over .500. The club has reached 31 games numerous times, but reaching a new apex has been a challenge.
For Cessa, the Rays were a challenge. He got the start instead of Gray, who pitched fine in relief tonight, and Chance Adams who could have lined up as well. The Yanks went with Cessa tonight because he had a decent start against Tampa the last time he was up with the club. It didn't work out this time.
As for the Yankees' offense it consisted of Andujar, who grabbed two more extra-base hits. He is now hitting .354 with seven doubles and seven home runs since the All-Star break (96 at-bats). Andujar has 55 extra-base hits on the season, and seems to be pulling away in the American League Rookie of the Year race.
The Yankees have the finale of their series with the Rays Thursday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka will face off against Blake Snell.