Yankees News, 9/1: Anthony Rizzo, Jameson Taillon open up about losing streak, ‘no one’s excited’

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The Yankees lost their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday evening against the Los Angeles Angels, further hurting their standings in the AL East. Thanks to Tampa Bay, coincidentally, the Boston Red Sox also lost, keeping the Bombers two games ahead in the Wild Card. However, they are now eight games back in the AL East with 30 games left in the season, making their trail back to first place a bit more tumultuous.

Realistically, there’s very little chance the Yankees come all the way back to secure a guaranteed spot in the postseason but will likely have to take down Boston to ensure their path.

However, they need to end this losing streak now, as they prepare to take on the Angels on Wednesday night at 7:07 PM. During yesterday’s loss, the Yankees had their opportunities to secure runs and win the game, as Giancarlo Stanton just missed a home run in the eighth inning to tie things up, but the ball fell just short of the warning track.

After the loss, starting first baseman Anthony Rizzo indicated that the team is still playing at a high level, they are just not extracting wins:

“I think we just stay the course,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “It’s never easy coming out West, especially this late in the year. I think we’re continuing to have good team at-bats. Our pitching has been pretty solid. We just haven’t scored enough runs. I think we just stay the course and continue to build a belief that we’re not out of any game. This goes to show that every game we’re still playing until the end.”

Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon lasted 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and six earned runs, including a three-run blast in the fourth inning. Taillon stated that the team responds much better after winning; go figure.

“We’ve had to bounce back from a lot this year,” said starting pitcher Jameson Taillon, who got shelled for six runs Tuesday. “I can tell you winning is a lot more fun than losing. The vibe in the clubhouse is a lot more fun after we win. No one’s excited, but at the same time, we have the opportunity to come out here and at least salvage a game with Gerrit (Cole) on the mound (Wednesday) before we head back to New. York.”

During the Yankees’ most recent 13 game winning streak, their spirits were high, and confidence was elevated. This losing streak saw them come tumbling back down to earth, but there’s still plenty of time for them to string together wins and gain momentum heading into the playoffs. With Gerrit Cole on the mound Wednesday night, this is their best opportunity to turn the tables.
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