ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Luis Cessa and Jonathan Holder each made one huge mistake in Wednesday’s loss in Tampa Bay, and the Yankees offense showed no interest in bailing them out either.
After cruising through his first 5⅓ innings, Cessa left a changeup over the plate to Kevin Kiermaier. The speedy centerfielder launched it for his third homer of the year, a two-run home run that gave the Rays a 2-1 lead.
Jonathan Holder entered one batter later, and, after getting the second out, left a fastball up to C.J. Cron for a solo home run. The Yankees were down 3-to-1 there, and could not come back from it.
They scored first in the second inning on a Neil Walker sacrifice fly, which was setup by a Gleyber Torres walk and Greg Bird bunt single. Another sacrifice fly, this time by Giancarlo Stanton, scored the Yankees’ second and final run in the eighth inning.