The Yankees couldn't muster enough offense as they lost another series to the Rays on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa >> Box score
Things to know about today's game
1) The Yankees had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth inning, but a foul out to first base and Brett Gardner strikeout stranded the runners.
2) Gleyber Torres went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his return from the DL.
3) Luis Cessa got the start and allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
After a marvelous start from Masahiro Tanaka Tuesday night, the Yankees couldn't muster enough offense to overtake the Rays' bullpenning effort in Wednesday's finale. As a result and once again, the Yanks lose a series to the Rays in Tampa.
The Yanks received a solid enough start from Cessa, who has been clearly better than Domingo German. Cessa is unlikely to answer any rotation issues the Yankees have, but his performance today was not the problem.
The Yankees offense has not been as high octane of late. The firepower seems gone, but for the occasional rally. This isn't about playing small ball or hitting home runs, rather it is simply about the offense's recent inability to take advantage of the opportunities presented them (0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and eight men stranded today).
It's time to take advantage of the lesser teams in the league. The Yanks can turn it around quickly and they'll look to do so against a disappointing Royals team at Yankee Stadium over the next four days.
The Yankees open a four-game series against the Royals on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05.