NEW YORK — Fresh off a miserable three-city road trip that included a full-time loss at the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night, the Yankees put on another lifeless performance.
New York lost 4-0 to the Rays Monday night at Yankee Stadium, their 10th loss in 12 games since the trade deadline.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole stepped up and delivered six strong innings, trying his best to be the pin-stripe finisher. He doesn’t have any running support — or defensive support — behind him, though.
Kerr’s only allowed run came after Aaron Hicks hit a wrong deep fly at midfield in the first half of the fourth quarter. . David Peralta’s routine flyout turned into the leading trio – Isaac Paredes made a go-ahead run on several pitches after an RBI single on the left.
Tampa Bay continued to throw the ball to the ground in the first half of the ninth quarter as Yankees fans flocked.
New York hit seven hits in the game, but missed opportunities and untimely doubles are the story.
In the bottom of Game 1, Glaber Torres set the tone with a first-shooting single, going 0-for-20. On the next court, Aaron Judge was caught in a double.
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This repeated itself in Game 8 as New York failed to find an offensive spark. Torres led the inning with a single before Judge hit the shortstop with a double, effectively ending the threat.
Sandwiched between the judge’s doubles is the other half of Hicks’ nightmare night in the Bronx.
With bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth quarter, Hicks jabbed a ground ball back to the pitcher, allowing the Rays to turn two balls and get out unscathed.
Given the back-to-back suspensions, the Yankees have now scored just three of their last 34 innings, going back to Friday’s third inning at Fenway Park. All three of those games during that stretch have been propelled by shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa (in an unlikely win over the Red Sox on Saturday), including one in a squeeze game.
New York has a chance to turn things around again Tuesday night against Tampa Bay. Their schedules didn’t get any easier during this family stand, though. After finishing three games with the Rays, the Yankees will host the Blue Jays and Mets before heading to the West Coast.
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