James Paxton was pitching brilliantly into the 7th — a 2-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, and the Yankees had a comfortable 3-0 lead at the Trop on a Sunday afternoon. Paxton was in the 70’s in pitches thrown.
Double-digit strikeouts for Pax 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tr9LX7NGvL
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 9, 2020
Consecutive HR’s in 7th Destroy Paxton’s Brilliant Start
Then lightning struck. A 2-run homerun by Mike Brosseau, and a game-tying solo shot by Brandon Lowe and it was a tie game, 3-3.
Aaron Boone brought in the bullpen — Jonathan Holder — one batter too late.
Tampa Come-from-Behind Walkoff Win
In the 9th, Tampa scored on a run-scoring single off Zack Britton and that was the old ballgame, 4-3 Tampa.
The Yanks had scored their runs off Tampa starter Charlie Morton on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch by Mike Ford in the 1st, and a 3-base error by Tampa centerfielder Manuel Margo in the 2nd, as he flagged down Gio Urshela’s high, deep drive to center, but dropped it, allowing Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres to score and Urshela to wind up on 3rd.
We'll take a couple ✌️ pic.twitter.com/5j9uHvfxqQ
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 9, 2020
Tough Loss But Great News
So overall it was a tough loss but Great news that Paxton is now back in form. There were worries about him after the off-season back surgery and his poor starts so far this season. With Masahiro Tanaka also pitching brilliantly in his last start, the Yankees all of a sudden have a solid starting staff developing, with Gerrit Cole pitching great so far as the ace.