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Baseball is a humbling game

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Following what was easily the win of the year so far for the Rays, the team hoped to carry the high into tonight’s game.

Ryne Stanek took the ball for his league leading 27th start of the year. For the Yankees, it was the all too familiar face of CC Sabathia.

The Rays got things started in the top of the second when All-Star Austin Meadows announced his return to the lineup with authority:

But the Yankees answered right back with a solo homer of their own from Edwin Encarnacion:

Jalen Beeks took over for Stanek in the third, fresh off the shuttle from Durham:

After a quick first inning of work, the Rays offense gave Beeks a little something to work with, this time off the bat of Yandy Diaz:

Avisail Garcia looked to add another in the same inning, but Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner had something to say about that:

Diaz provided more offense in the sixth, this time with a double to the wall that scored Mike Brosseau.

Following a strikeout by Garcia on a questionable call to end the inning, he and Sabathia exchanged words, causing the benches to clear, albeit quickly. The Yankees proceeded to add one of their own on a homer by DJ LeMahieu.

It would spell the end of the night for Beeks, who, apart from that, dazzled in his 3.1 innings of work, striking out five:

Hunter Wood replaced Beeks, who induced a double play from Luke Voit to end the sixth. In the next half inning, the Rays had a bases loaded one out threat, but hit into a double play of their own, coming away with nothing to show for it.

Wood got one more out in the bottom of the inning before giving up a base hit to Encarnacion. He was immediately replaced by Colin Poche, who’d get the job done in the seventh, but wouldn’t have the same success in the eighth, allowing a two run homer to Aaron Judge.

Poche continued to struggle after that, loading that bases and eventually giving up a grand slam to Didi Gregorius, breaking the game open. The Rays would get two on in the bottom of the ninth, but nothing came of the mild threat.

The Rays look to bounce back tomorrow with Yonny Chirinos on the hill.