Loaisiga turns in strong debut in shutout victory
The Yankees took the second game of this four-game set on Friday night with a 5-0 victory over the Rays. Jonathan Loaisiga made his Major League debut with Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list, and was outstanding. Over five innings, Loaisiga allowed no runs on only three hits while walking four and striking out six. Didi Gregorius opened the scoring with a solo home run to the upper deck in right field off of former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, his third home run in his last three games and his fourteenth of the season. After a scoreless sixth from Jonathan Holder, Giancarlo Stanton made it a 2-0 Yankees lead with a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Judge.
David Robertson pitched the seventh and Dellin Betances the eighth, both tossing scoreless frames of their own. In the bottom of the eighth, Gary Sanchez stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded looking to deliver a big hit to break the game open and start to get him out of his massive slump. He was able to do just that with a bases-clearing double to right field to put the Yankees up 5-0. Adam Warren came in to get the final three outs, and he did so by setting down Joey Wendle, Willy Adames, and Mallex Smith in order to secure the win.
The Yankees move to 45-20 on the season and will look to win their third consecutive game tomorrow afternoon. Luis Severino will get the start for the Yankees, looking to continue his terrific season in which he has a 9-2 record and a 2.27 ERA. He’ll go up against Ryne Stanek, a relief pitcher turned starter with all the injuries the Rays have suffered this year. In fourteen games, he is 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM ET.