Sunday German had another strong outing but the Yankees lost to the first place Tampa Bay Rays, 8-2, on Thursday night in the Bronx.
– German got out of the first inning stranded with two runners on, and had an easy time until the fifth inning when Anthony Rizzo booted a grounder with his permission Josh Lowe to arrive safely. Yandy Diaz would drive in Lowe after a two-out double to put the Rays up 1-0. Go Franco, who had two singles heading into the fifth, grounded out to end the inning and was pulled with an apparent injury.
German didn’t give up another run until the sixth inning, when he walked Taylor Walls with two outs and 87 pitches, and was pulled by the manager Aron Boone. Ron Marinaccio came in and gave up a single and hit a batter to load the bases. Lowe cleared the bases with a double to put the Rays up 4-0.
German’s final line was 5.2 IP, one earned run, three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. That’s three consecutive good outings for the German. In all three, he went at least five innings and gave up four total earned runs.
– In 13 appearances this season (16.1 IP) entering Thursday, Marinaccio had given up just three earned runs. He gave up both in 0.1 IP against the Rays.
Albert Abreu came on in the seventh and after striking out the first two, walked the next two batters. He then gave up a Walls double to give the Rays a 5-0 lead. Ryan Weber, just called up on Thursday, gave up a one-run shot to Lowe to give Tampa Bay a dominant 7-0 lead. Lowe had five RBIs on the day. Weber gave up a pair of doubles to allow the Rays to score their eight runs of the night.
– But the story of the game was the Yankees’ offense, or the lack thereof. They have trouble thinking Drew Rasmussenget only one baserunner — a Jake Bowers single — in the first three innings. Bauers would eventually pick up a second single and account for the only hit of the day for the Bombers against the right-hander. Rasmussen went seven innings on 76 pitches, giving up just two hits and striking out seven.
Rasmussen has now pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings (four appearances) against the Yankees to start his career.
– After scoring 28 runs in their three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s, the Yankees couldn’t muster many runs or baserunners. Besides Bauers’ two hits, the other Yankee baserunner was Harrison Bader who was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning off the Rays reliever, until the ninth inning’s double Willie Calhoun.
In the ninth inning, Rizzo and DJ LeMahieu worked two walks to load the bases Gleyber Torres. The second baseman smacked a single into centerfield to score two runs. This prevented the Yankees from being shut out for the second time this season. He also extended his hitting streak to seven games. Bauers would strike out to end the game for the Rays who won, 8-2.
Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Since returning from IL, Judge is 3-for-11. Rizzo (0-for-3, BB) was hitless so his hitting streak ended at eight games.
The Yankees continue their four-game series with the Rays on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm with Gerrit Cole against an undetermined pitcher for Tampa Bay.