The New York Yankees again faced the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field for game two of the set. The Yankees lost game one 10-5. Both teams at the beginning of the game were 3-4 on the season. The game pitted Domingo German against Chris Archer. The Yankees were shut out 4-0.
DJ LeMahieu first faced the Tampa pitcher Chris Archer and struck out. Aaron Judge, back in the lineup, also struck out. Aaron Hicks, who has been struggling so far this season, got a base hit to right field. Giancarlo Stanton that had 7 RBI’s on the season struck out, giving Archer three strikeouts in the inning. At the bottom, Domingo German took the mound for the Yankees. German was hoping to rebound from his poor first start. Yashi Tsutsugo went down on strikes. Austin Meadows followed with a home run off the screen in right field. Randy Arozarena got a base hit to third. Brandon Lowe flew out to Hicks for the second out. Yandy Diaz flew out to end the inning. Rays 1 Yankees 0.
Gleyber Torres led off the second by popping out. Brett Gardner, who was very familiar with Archer, ground out to second. Gary Sanchez singled to far left. Gio Urshela ground out for another scoreless inning for Archer. Wendle led off the second with a single up the middle. Willie Adames singled. Brett Phillips with two on and no outs, Phillips grounded out, but the runners moved to 2nd and 3rd. Francisco Mejia singled off the glove of German, and two runs scored. Tsutsugo struck out, and Meadows flew out to Hicks. Rays 3 Yankees 0.
With Archer on the mound, Jay Bruce led off for the Yankees; he struck out. LeMahieu doubled to Meadows. With Judge at the plate, Archer apparently hurt something and was taken out of the game, replaced by Andrew Kittredge. Judge ground out into the shift. Hicks walked for men on the corners. Stanton struck out, leaving two on. Arozarena led off the bottom, homering, making it 4-0 Rays. Lowe and Diaz both struck out. Wendle singled. Adames flew out to Hicks, but the Rays picked up another run. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
Torres led off the fourth, flying out. Gardner doubled to far left. Sanchez flew out to center. Gio Urshela ground out to end the half and leaving Gardner on base. At the bottom, Phillips flew out to the wall, but Gardner grabbed it. Mejia flew out to Judge. Tsutsugo singled. Tsutsugo moved to second on a botched throw out by Sanchez E2. Meadows walked. Arozarena struck out to end the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
Jeffery Springs took the mound in the fifth. Jay Bruce struck out. LeMahieu struck out, and Aaron Judge singled to left field. Hicks struck out to end the inning. Lowe at the bottom faced Justin Wilson replacing German that gave up 4 runs. Lowe ground out to Urshela, who rolled around and made the out sitting. Diaz walked. Wendle, hit by pitch, took first, two on with one out. Adames struck out. Phillips stuck out as Wilson got two strikeouts in the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
Stanton popped out to start the sixth inning. Torres grounded out, and Gardner blooped to right for the final out of the half as the Yankees went down in order again. Mejia led off the bottom with Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound; he flew out to Hicks. Tsutsugo struck out. Meadows reached on an E5 when Ushela booted it. Arozarena singled two on two outs. Lowe struck out to end the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
Gary Sanchez led off the seventh by flying out to right field. Urshela ground out to third; Bruce ground out to second as the Yankees’ lack of hitting continued. At the bottom, Diaz chopped to Torres, one out. Wendle struck out. Adames walked. Phillips doubled, moving Diaz to third. Mejia chopped to LeMahieu, ending the inning and getting Loaisiga out of trouble. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
LeMahieu led off the eighth inning. He walked. Judge struck out, and Hicks ground into a double play ending the half. Tsutsugo faced Luis Cessa at the bottom of the inning and struck out. Meadows went down on strikes. Arozarena ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Cessa. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees down by 4, Giancarlo Stanton ground out sharply to third. Gleyber Torres flew out to center, and Brett Gardner flew out to far center, and that was the game. Final score Tampa Bay Rays 4 New York Yankees 0. The winning pitcher was Kittredge and the loser Domingo German while the Yankees could only muster up 5 hits in the game and making two errors.