Yankees’ rookie dominates the Rays’ hitters

by Gary Shelton on June 16, 2018 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Filed couldn't come up with a bases-loadeddouble./CARMEN MANDATO

Field couldn't come up with a bases-loadeddouble./JEFFREY S. KING

Saturday, 3 a.m.

They are the best team in baseball, of course, because of Aaron Judge. And because of Giancarlo Stanton.  And because of the rest of the high-priced roster of the New York Yankees.

Now, toss in Gary Sanchez, who walked to the plate hitting .188 before hitting a three-run double in the eighth inning to break open a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Not enough? Now add pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga, a rookie who had never pitched above AA before leading the shutout.

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Cash watched his team lose another./JEFFREY S. KING

Cash watched his team lose another./JEFFREY S. KING

Together, it was enough for the Yankees to once again beat the Rays. In their two games this series, the Rays have just 10 hits and 25 strikeouts.

This time, the leader for the Yankees ways Loaisiga, who won his firsts game, allowing just three hits over five innings.

"Impressive," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "I  looked at Charlie (Montoya) after the first or second inning and said he  looked like a young Mariano Rivera. Hopefully he doesn’t develop a cutter or anything. His mannerisms on the mound, the way he’s built (reminded him of Rivera)."

For the Rays, Nathan Eovaldi pitched into the eighth inning for the Rays. However, he ended up giving up all five earned runs.

"He did really well," Cash said. "We're going to end up winning a ballgame here really soon because of his performance to save the bullpen. It was  unfortunate the way the last inning played out, but what a performance. Unfortunately their guys were just a little better, but I was impressed with the way he threw the ball."

The Rays play the Yankees again today at 1:10 p,m. Ryne Stanek starts for the Rays, while the Yankees will start Luis Severino (9-2).

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Larry Beller June 16, 2018 at 6:40 am

So a guy who never pitched above AA starts the game (no opener here), and pitches 5 innings of shutout ball. Hmm, I’m sure the Rays management thought that was impossible. Wonder how many pitchers in the Rays organization would kill for that opportunity? And I bet the Rays have young starters who are capable of doing it as well but don’t get the chance.

What do the Rays have to lose by trying to develop their young arms to be starters rather than work out of the bullpen in irregular schedules? I think this has become an ego thing with the front office geeks. They started something and are trying to prove how smart they are to keep doing it.

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Gary Shelton June 16, 2018 at 9:34 am

You could be right. Sternberg told me before the season the team had considered the move for years. Maybe there is sometime to their slapping their own backs.

The kid from the Yankees was good. But it helps to be good when the Rays don’t hit. They never gave themselves a chance, which is true on too many nights. I didn’t think Eovaldi was as good as the team wanted to say he was, but he would have had to hold the Yankees to negative numbers to win.

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