Under the veil of the coronavirus, tonight the New York Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays for the finale of a three-game set, hoping for the sweep. The Yankees won the first two tames 3-1 and 2-1. Tonight the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon faced the Rays’ Rich Hill. Today Gleyber Torres tested positive and was not in the lineup for the second night in a row. So many questions remain unanswered at the Yankees go forward, but tonight they lost to the Rays 9-1.
In the first inning, Hill faced DJ LeMahieu, who had a line drive out to second. Giancarlo Stanton hammered on to left for a single. Aaron Judge flew out to the right field. Gio Urshela grounded out to third base to end the half scoreless. The bottom saw Randy Arozarena fly out to Brett Gardner. Austin Meadows went down on strikes. Manuel Margot hit single to no man’s land in center. Branden Lowe doubled, moving Margot to third base. Yandy Diaz singled for the two-run lead for the Rays. Joey Wendle struck out for the third out of the inning. Rays 2 Yankees 0.
Gary Sanchez led off the second against Hill by striking out. Mike Ford struck out. Clint Frazier walked. Miguel Andujar flew out to center field. Kevan Smith led off against Taillon, and he struck out. Brett Phillips went down on strikes. Mike Brosseau struck out for Taillon’s strikeout of the side and his fifth in the game. Rays 2 Yankees 0.
At the top of the third inning, Brett Gardner led off against the oldest pitcher in the big leagues, Rich Hill, and he walked off Hill. LeMahieu lined out to third, but Gardner moved to second. Stanton flew out to center, keeping Gardner at second base. A pitch hit Aaron Judge. Urshela, with two on and two outs, flew out to Margot in right to end the half. At the bottom, Taillon faced the top of the Ray’s lineup. Arozarena had a lead-off walk. Meadows hit a two-run homer to make it 4 runs for the Rays. Margot lined out to Judge who made a diving catch. Lowe ground out to LeMahieu. Diaz doubled down the left-field line. Diaz went to third on a Sanchez-passed ball. Wendle ground out to first to end the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
Gary Sanchez led off the fourth by walking. Mike Ford lined out. Clint Frazier struck out. Miguel Andujar ground to short to end the half scoreless for the New York Yankees. At the bottom of the inning, Smith struck out. Phillips struck out. Brosseau lined out to Andujar for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
Brett Gardner led off the fifth inning struck out. LeMahieu struck out. Stanton struck out a ball way out of the zone to end the half. It was the top of the lineup for Taillon at the bottom of the fifth. Arozarena struck out for Taillon’s eighth strikeout of the game. Meadows doubled off the right-field wall. Margot struck out. Lowe walked, and that was the night for Taillon. The new Yankee pitcher was Michael King. Diaz struck out to end the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 0.
At the top of the sixth inning, Aaron Judge hit a solid double that went to the left-field wall. Urshela went down on strikes. Sanchez reached on a single, and Judge went to third. Ford hit into a double play, wasting Judge’s double. At the bottom, Wendle led off by walking against King. Smith singled for two on and no outs. Phillips went down on strikes. Brosseau tipped into the glove of Sanchez for the second out. Arozarena hit a three-run home run putting the game out of the reach of the Yankees. Meadows struck out. That’s three strikeouts in the inning for King, but he gives up his first homer of the season, and it’s a big one. Rays 7 Yankees 0.
Rich Hill, still in there after 93 pitches, faced Clint Frazier, who struck out. Andujar struck out, and that was the end of the night for Rich Hill. Louis Head took over for Hill. Gardner flew out to left to end the half. At the bottom, Margot led off striking out. Lowe ground out to LeMahieu. Diaz walked, Padlo pinch ran for him. Wendle struck out. Rays 7 Yankees 0.
DJ LeMahieu ground out. Stanton went down looking. Judge flew out to center. Smith led off the bottom of the eighth by reaching on catcher’s interference. Phillips had a base hit to right, moving Smith to second base. Brosseau reached on a fielder’s choice with Phillips out at second. Arozarena with men on the corners and one out walked. Meadows doubled, driving in two more runs. Margot popped out for the second out. Lowe struck out, but the Rays tacked on an additional two runs. Rays 9 Yankees 0.
At the top of the ninth and last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Gio Urshela lined a base hit to left field. Gary Sanchez doubled, moving Urshela to third. Mike Ford, with two on and no outs, walks to load the bases with Yankees. Clint Frazier hit into a double play, but Urshela scored so the Yankees wouldn’t be shut out. Miguel Andujar, with two outs, flew out for the final out of the game. Final score Tampa Bay Rays 9 New York Yankees 1. The winning pitcher was Rich Hill, and the loser was Jameson Taillon.