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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Cessa, Yanks Fall Flat to Tampa 6-1



Wednesday night in the Bronx was not a good time to be in a Yankee uniform, as the Rays jumped on the Yanks early and defeated them 6-1. In a game that was started by the infamous Luis Cessa, the Yanks just never seemed to get things going, especially after leaving the base loaded early in the game. The loss kept the Yanks an even .500 on the year against Tampa, and it marked the seventh loss in the last nine games to Tampa.

The lone run of the game for the Yanks came in the second inning, as Miguel Andujar lined a ball into the left field seats for his 19th homer of the season to tie the game at one. The Yanks would immediately give up this lead, however the fourth inning saw the Yanks knock out Tampas starter and have the bases loaded with one out. With the bases juiced, Romine struck out and Toe was originally ruled safe on an infield single but was shortly ruled out after replay showed he did not beat the throw. The Yanks wasted their best opportunity of the night and it came back to bite them.


Photo Credit: AP Frank Franklin II

A two run homer by Smith in the fourth made it 5-1 Rays, which effectively ended Cessas’s night. Holder would come on in relief first to finish out the inning, and then it was Sonny Gray for three and a third innings, only allowing one run in the process. The Yanks really never got anything going and would eventually fall 6-1, dropping the second game of the three game set.

What’s Next?
The Yankees and Rays finish off their three-game set with a day game in the Bronx that will see Blake Snell takes on Masahiro Tanaka. Snell has been phenomenal this season despite the Yankees having some success off him. Tanaka will look to have a bounce back start after getting absolutely pummeled in his last outing.

Article by: Matt Luzzi

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