For the second day in a row, the Yankees could muster just one run against the Rays and fall again to Tampa Bay, 3-1. >> Box score
Things to know
1) The bats couldn't deliver when most needed. In the ninth the loaded the bases with no outs, Greg Bird popped out then both Brett Gardner and Austin Romine struck out swinging. Not great.
2) Miguel Andujar had runners on base in each of his four at-bats, but went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
3) Giancarlo Stanton had a potential home run overturned in the 8th inning, and had to settle for an RBI double rather than his 31st home run. He went 2-4 with two doubles.
4) Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in the first, but was able to keep the Rays off the board for the rest of his outing. Tanaka's final line: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 6 K. His ERA now sits at 4.03.
5) Zach Britton got back on track: throwing a clean inning with a strikeout.
The Yankees offense could not solve the Rays use of traditional pitching.
The Rays, known for employing a bullpenning approach with its pitching staff on most occasions, trotted out their best true starter in Blake Snell, and he stifled the Yankees through five innings. Tampa's bullpen then held the Yankees in check the rest of the way as New York managed just one hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base, including stranding the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth inning.
Sorry if this seems like a broken record, but the Yankees simply cannot succeed in the postseason if they do not improve their performance when they have runners in scoring position. The Yanks are now hitting .247 with runners in scoring position for the season and that's simply not cutting it.
Highlights from today's game
The Yankees kick off a three-game set against the Blue Jays in the Bronx, starting Friday at 7:05 p.m. with Lance Lynn against Marcus Stroman.