After last night’s good game turned blowout, I tried to think of some positive takeaways. While difficult, I was able to think of two:
- Stanton and Sanchez combined for an 0-for-10 day with 6 strikeouts (Stanton had 5 of them).
- Judge, while reaching base four times, was limited to two walks and two singles.
Even though the Rays completely forgot about Didi Gregorius, it seemed like at least they had the right approach to the Yankees’ big three. So, coming into today, I felt fairly confident that the Rays would continue that trend while remembering not to throw high and inside fastballs to Didi.
The result? Didi went 0-for-4, while Stanton, Sanchez and Judge all. went. deep.
The Rays, however, struck first when Cron hit a double that scored Kevin Kiermaier, and it looked like the bats were coming alive. The way things have started, I should’ve known better.
Snell was chased after struggling for 3 1/3 innings and allowing the first two bombs. But before the Rays were able to mount a comeback, tie the game, get us all excited and ultimately disappoint us, Aaron Judge was able to mitigate our future anxiety by putting the game out of reach by homering off of Matt Andriese in the bottom of the 4th. By that point, it was a 7-1 ballgame. The Rays, knowing that Denard Span couldn’t save them again, failed to reach base until the 8th when, wouldn’t you know it, Span hits a sacrifice fly that scored Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Yankees made sure the Rays’ come back came to a screeching halt, though, when they brought in Aroldis Chapman to pitch the 9th, because, yanno, no lead is safe.
The Rays would fall to the Yankees in the finale 7-2.
So the Rays head into Boston with a 1-5 record, a team that already knows its tricks. For the next three days, it looks like we’ll be enjoying the telecasts and not the outcomes.
While I do thing things will turn around for this team, it won’t be this weekend.