On a hot day at New Yankee Stadium, the Bombers bombs proved too much for the Tampa Bay Millers.
Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge got things rolling early for the Yankees, when they became the first teammates ever to homer in their first major league at bats in the same game, going back-to-back in the second inning off Matt Andriese.
The Rays would answer, briefly taking the lead in the fourth off Masahiro Tanaka. Kevin Kiermaier started the rally with a one-out bunt single, followed by an Evan Longoria single to right, bringing up the angriest man in baseball. Miller took 2-0 slider out to left.
The lead didn’t last long. Andriese surrendered a solo homer in the bottom of the frame to Starlin Castro for the tie, then a three-run bomb to Aaron Hicks in the fifth. It was not a good day for Matty Ace. Though he did tally eight strikeouts against zero walks, he would be charged with six runs on the eight hits he allowed, with the big fly (obviously) being the big problem.
The Rays cut the Yankee lead to 6-4 when Brad Miller went deep again.
Unfortunately, we only have one Brad Miller. Longoria managed a two hit day, KK had the aforementioned bunt single, and Duffman notched a single, but the 6-7-8-9-1 slots went hitless on the day.
You know who didn’t go hitless on the day? Didi Gregorius. In the seventh against Erasmo Ramirez, Gregorius went yard with a two-run shot to right to finish the scoring. But hey, Danny Farquhar struck out the side in his one inning of work, so there’s that.
In tomorrow’s 1 o’clock start, Jake Odorizzi takes on Luis Severino as the Rays continue their push for the #1 draft pick.