Drubbing. Tampa 14 Yankees 0

On the night that the Yankees finally traded for power left-handed hitter Joey Gallo — signifying that they are “all in” to try to make the playoffs and win a title this season, they got DRUBBED on the field by Tampa, 14-0, with ace Gerrit Cole taking his worst loss of the year.

1. Cole Had 2 Rocky Innings

Gerrit Cole got off to a slow start — infield single, walk, single to lead off the game, and then BOOM — 3-run homer to Austin Meadows and it was 4-0 Tampa in the bottom of the 1st with nobody out.

Cole finally settled down and retired the next 3 batters in order — 2 strikeouts and a flyout but the damage was done; the game effectively decided.

Cole then pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, and pitched a scoreless 3rd — striking out 2 and allowing a sky high popup that hit the roof and never came down.

Cole blew thru the 4th and 5th with 1-2-3 innings.

He had retired 9 in a row when Austin Meadows got a 1-out single in the bottom of the 6th. But then, nearing 100 pitches, Cole started to tire. A single to Randy Arozarena and a walk to Wander Franco loaded the bases. A sac fly by Kevin Kiermaier made it 5-0, and an error by Brett Gardner on the play made it 6-0 and Cole was gone.

2. Abreu Brought Gasoline to the Fire

With 1st and 2nd, 2 out, and the Yanks down 6-0 in the 6th, Boone relieved Cole and brought in Albert Abreu.

Abreu got Bombed.


  • walked a batter then allowed a Grand Slam to Brett Phillips to make it 10-0, then
  • walked a batter and allowed a 2-run homer to Ji-Man Choi to make it 12-0, then
  • allowed a single and then a 2-run homer to Austin Meadows to make it 14-0.

He was then lifted for Sal Romano. It was an amazing piece of bad pitching by Abreu.

3. Patino Shuts Down Yanks

Meanwhile young Tampa stud Luis Patino shut out the Yanks thru 6 innings, on only 3 hits; he struck out 8.

Tampa’s pen of Louis Head and Ryan Sherriff combined for 3 shutout innings and the old ballgame.


After the game, at 8:45 pm, the Yankees announced they had traded for the lefty power-hitting 1st baseman from the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara.

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