Ellsbury homers in 4-1 loss to Rays

Yankees @ Rays
FINAL: Rays 4, Yankees 1
WIN: Alex Cobb (1-0, 1.59 ERA)
LOSS: Michael Pineda (0-1, 9.82 ERA)

A day after CC Sabathia helped the Yankees secure their first win of the season, Michael Pineda took the mound. Unfortunately, Pineda heavily struggled and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. That along with a lack of offense sent the Yankees to a 4-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The lone run happened in the top of the second on a solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.

Pineda went 3.2 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out six. Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless inning, Adam Warren pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, and Chad Green pitched a scoreless inning.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees are off tomorrow since it’s a travel day, but they’ll be back on Friday as they take on the Baltimore Orioles. Luis Severino will start for the Yankees and Ubaldo Jimenez will start for the O’s. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network and MLB Network.

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6 Responses to Ellsbury homers in 4-1 loss to Rays

  1. mimibinkley says:

    The 3 runs in the bottom of the second were not totally PIneda's fault.  The infield D was not what you expect on a ML top team – SS lack of range to his left let the 1st hit go to CF, 2B just dove crookedly for a hit ball to RF but didn't have his glove in the right place, the other hit to RF was not attempted by the rookie 1B.
    Pineda did get lit up, but some damage could have been lessened by better D.  Yankees are a team in transition.

    • buckeye balls says:

      the defense was shoddy but his ability to close out batters with two strikes is alarmingly bad. Unless they fish at his low slider he's usually in trouble. He wins about one third of his starts-not good enough (and he kills the bullpen) "Pine"-Ada can't leave fast enough for me

  2. Terry says:

    Definitely not the start we all wanted. But losing a series on the road isn't too big a deal. If it were late June we'd all just shrug it off and move to the next series. Big Mike is Big Mike, sometimes on sometimes not. The D could have helped him out but as a pitcher you have to lead and overcome those things. They happen to every pitcher. He needs to battle and get into the 6th. They all do. We can't start over working the pen already. I'm really looking forward to Severino's start.Flip side, the bats need to wake up. One run won't win many games

  3. ERIC PELLIS says:

    There is no accountability when it comes to Michaell Pineda. He has to be the dumbest pitcher I have ever seen. I refuse to watch any more games that he starts. There are plenty of choices to go with in the minors that should be starting more than him (Montgomery, Cessa, and Green). This all goes back to Cashman's trade of Montero for Pineda. His ego wants Pineda to succeed so badly that he must know that ship has sailed. For all of you fans that support Pineda enjoy him the rest of the season because I am done with him.

  4. buckeye balls says:

    Pineda is awful and the pitching situation just got worse-kaprielian having an mRi on his elbow-another Brien Taylor-you hear his name for years but will he ever pitch in the big leagues? How about we sign Otani and Darvish and go with a Japanese rotation next year. Tired of hearing about our young arms with great stuff that don't get us wins

  5. Balt Yank says:

    The Pineda matter involves the Yankee preference for potential power arms. This is why we have Pineda and had Eovaldi. Both had airy tin-heads. I think we should see if Pineda bounces back and trade him at the ALL STAR, or if he sucks, put him in the bullpen. Warren and Mitchell and Green could do better. I hope they keep Ellsbury batting fifth; motivation baby!

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