Thursday Afternoon Blues - Yanks Lose Again

The Rays beat them.  Again.  This time it was 3-1.  The Yankees loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with no outs and runs.  

The Yankees have scored a grand total of two runs in their last two games.  (That's one run in each game.)  They just dropped a home series to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Since June 22, the Yankees are 25-24 (.510).  Minus the 17-1 stretch from earlier in the season and the Yankees are 58-45 (.563) in their other games.  (A 58-45 record translates to just 91 wins over a full season.)  Is this who the Yankees are?  

Don't look now, but the A's are just three games back for first place in the Wild Card.  Oh, and the Mariners are just 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the second Wild Card spot.  

When is it ok for the fans to start to get impatient?  Should the Yankees fans be worried?  Is concern warranted?  Is the manager doing a good job?  Why haven't the Yankees acquired a needed bat?  Is the luxury tax defining this team?  Is staying under a paying threshold more important than winning?

Will tomorrow be the day the Yankees finally turn this thing around and start winning consistently?

Let's Go Yankees!  Please!



Game 120: Tampa Bay 6, New York 1

New York faced off against Tampa Bay Wednesday night, but they weren't able to build on Tuesday's victory. Luis Cessa struggled early and the Yankee bats stayed pretty quiet, as they lost 6-1. 

The Rays drew first blood in the second inning. Kevin Kiermaier lined a double to left and scored on a single from Brandon Lowe. MIguel Andujar got the run back by knocking a leadoff homerun, but Greg Bird, Neil Walker, and Austin Romine went down in order, leaving the score tied at 1.

Tampa Bay wasted little time in retaking the lead. Mallex Smith started the third with a single to right. Matt Duffy followed with a single to center and a wild pitch by Cessa let them both advance. Jake Bauers walked and the bases were loaded with no outs. Ji-Man Choi grounded a ball to short, allowing Smith to score. With two outs, Kiermaier grounded a single to center, plating Duffy and giving Tampa a 3-1 advantage. In the top of the fourth, Smith drove a two-run shot over the wall in right, putting the Yankees behind by four and Aaron Boone pulled Cessa and sent Jonathan Holder to the mound. 

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Quick Hit: Yankees Lose 6-1 to Tampa Bay

Luis Cessa lasted only 3.1 innings.

Gregorius, Bird, Walker, Romine, and Torreyes went hitless.

Miguel Andujar did homer! (His 19th of the year!)

Sonny Gray helped mop-up the mess throwing 3.1 innings to help save the bullpen.

Since the All-Star Break, the Yankees are an unremarkable 13-12.

Since June 22, they are an equally unremarkable 25-23.

More to come...