No runs, no win A 1-0 loss to the Rays in the series opener on Monday dug the Yankees into an even deeper hole in the playoff race, as they fell to six games out in the wild card standings with 13 games left.
It was the second time in the last two days that the Yankees lost in walk-off fashion after Sunday's heartbreaking 3-2 loss in Baltimore, the first time they've suffered consecutive walk-off losses since Sept. 14 (Mariners) and 16 (Blue Jays, 2011.
The Rays won it on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the ninth inning off Shawn Kelley, who became the first Yankee pitcher to allow a two-out, walk-off hit in a 0-0 game since Ryne Duren on July 26, 1959 at Detroit.
The game took three hours and 28 minutes despite the fact that only one run was scored and it lasted only nine innings. At 208 minutes, it is the longest 1-0, non-extra-inning regular season game played between any teams over the last 100 years.
With the win, the Rays improved to 10-7 vs the Yankees this season. According to the Rays media notes, they are the first team since the 1973-75 Red Sox to beat the Yankees 10 or more times in three straight seasons.
One run, no win Tuesday's game didn't go much better than the opener, as the Yankees managed to score just one run in a 6-1 loss to the Rays.
Michael Pineda was once again the hard-luck loser, allowing only two runs (one earned) before being pulled in the sixth inning. This was his fifth loss this season when allowing no more than two runs, the most by any Yankee starting pitcher since Chuck Cary also had five in 1990.
Perhaps the most surprising part of Pineda's night was that he actually walked a batter (Ryan Hanigan in the fifth inning), snapping a streak of 119 batters faced without a free pass. That was tied with Collin McHugh for the longest active streak in the majors, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jacoby Ellsbury made an outstanding catch in center field in the seventh inning, robbing Wil Myers of extra bases. However, Evan Longoria and James Loney came around to score on what became a two-run sacrifice fly. (Because of course that would happen to this year's Yankees team.)
It was the first multi-RBI sac fly (without an error) by any batter against the Yankees since the Rangers Jeff Huson hit one on July 24, 1990.
Three runs, a win The Yankees salvaged the final game of this three-game series vs the Rays, winning 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Yankees scored just 10 runs during their seven-game road trip, going 2-5. It is the team's fewest runs scored in any seven-game span since May 1991.
Brandon McCarthy pitched a gem, highlighted by a seventh inning during which he struck out the side on nine pitches. He is just the fifth Yankee to throw an “immaculate inning”; the others are Ivan Nova (2013), A.J. Burnett (2009), Ron Guidry (1984), and Al Downing (1967).
Dellin Betances relieved McCarthy in the eighth inning and recorded his 131st strikeout of the season for his first out of the frame, passing Mariano Rivera (130 K in 1996) for the most strikeouts as a reliever in a season in franchise history.
Derek Jeter finally got a hit, snapping an 0-for-28 skid with a single leading off the sixth inning. It was the second-longest hitless streak of his career, behind an 0-for-32 stretch in 2004.
Rays pitcher Alex Cobb allowed three runs and took the loss, snapping his streak of seven undefeated starts allowing no more than two runs against the Yankees dating back to September 2012. It was the longest streak of its kind by any pitcher against the Yankees in the last 100 years.