new York Yankees is starting to hit homers more often, and that helped him in the four-game series as well tampa bay rays
After throwing three long balls on Friday, New York’s challenge on Saturday afternoon is to perform against Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan, who has allowed just four homers in 46 innings in an undefeated start to the season.
Yankees are 2-3 against rays This year, both the wins are coming courtesy of late rallies. In New York’s 6-5 win on Friday, Anthony Rizzo hit Jason Adam’s go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning.
The clutch blast was Rizzo’s second homer of the game, as he hit safely for the ninth time in 10 games.
New York ace Gerrit Cole said of Rizzo, “He was at his best tonight and that’s what we needed.”
Rookie Anthony Volpe went deep too Yankees Collected multiple homers for the seventh time in 10 games, a stretch in which he is 7-3.
New York lost the series opener on Thursday, 8-2, after a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics.
“It hasn’t been easy for us, it hasn’t been fair,” Yankees said manager Aaron Boone. “We’ve been beaten at different times, but this group has been competing really well and that rang true tonight.
Tampa Bay headed into Saturday with three losses in four games, leaving the team 17-10 since opening the season with a 13-game winning streak.
rays Friday the 23rd hit multiple homers, as Randy Arrozarena and Jose Siri hit solo homers before Josh Lowe hit a three-run homer in the eighth shortly before Rizzo’s second homer.
“We’ve done some really good things,” said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. “It was a very exciting ballgame.”
McClanahan’s early results are generating excitement rayswho is 8-0 in his starts
McClanahan (7-0, 1.76 ERA) could become the first eight-game winner in the majors. He was hitless on Monday when he allowed four hits over six innings during a 3-0 victory over the host Baltimore Orioles.
The left-hander is attempting to become the third starter in team history to win his first eight decisions. Matt Moore won his first eight decisions in 2013, and Charlie Morton matched that in 2019.
McClanahan is 1-3 with a 3.26 ERA in six career starts against Yankees, Last season, he was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts versus New York.
Nestor Cortes (3-2, 4.74 ERA) will make his 100th career appearance since his April 30 start at Texas after recovering from strep throat. After being tagged for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Rangers, Cortes allowed two runs on six hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Oakland Athletics on Monday.
Cortes is 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 11 career appearances (six starts) against rays, Last season, he was 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA in four starts against Tampa Bay, including a win on May 26 in St. Petersburg, Fla., when he pitched eight innings of one-run ball.
– Field Level Media