Clarke Schmidt threw down another terrific start — this time against the good-hitting Tampa Bay Rays — but was out-dueled by Tyler Glasnow and the Tampa pen, as the Yanks were shutout 3-0 on a late Saturday afternoon in Florida.
Schmidt allowed only 1 earned run and pitched deeper into a game than he’s ever done before — leaving at 99 pitches with 2 outs in the 7th. The Yankee offense worked the count and hit the ball hard against Glasnow but managed only 2 singles by DJ LeMahieu and 2 walks on the day.
“I don’t think he was dominant today like we’ve seen him at times,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “I thought we had a lot of competitive at bats. I don’t think we chased him out of the zone very often. We hit some balls on the button, but obviously weren’t able to do much against him and that’s a product of him.”
NY falls to 62-67, 19 games behind Baltimore, 16 behind Tampa, 8.5 behind Toronto, and 6.5 behind Boston. Tampa is now 79-52.
1. Schmidt Great
Clarke Schmidt got scuffed up in the 2nd and 3rd innings for 3 runs — 2 unearned — and after that sailed into the 7th.
- After pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st, he was undone by an error by Isiah Kiner-Falefa leading off the 2nd: a bad throw allowed Isaac Paredes to get on. Luke Raley then doubled to put 2nd and 3rd, nobody out. Harold Ramirez and Jonathan Aranda hit consecutive sac flies to score 2 runs (Raley moving to 3rd on the first one).
- In the 3rd, after 2 were out, Schmidt gave up back-to-back doubles to Randy Arozarena and Jonathan Lowe for a 3-0 Tampa lead.
- After that, Schmidt cruised: a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th, a 2-out single in the 5th that was stranded, a 1-out single in the 6th that was stranded, and a leadoff single in the 7th but then a fielder’s choice groundout and strikeout. He was lifted for lefty Wandy Peralta who struck out lefty Brandon Lowe to end the inning.
Schmidt’s line: 6.2 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned run, 5 K’s, 0 walks. He loses to go 8-8 4.51.
2. Glasnow Shuts Out NY for 6 Innings
Tyler Glasnow is fully back now after Tommy John surgery kept him out a year and a half. The Tampa ace entered the game with a 6-4 3.35 record. He didn’t have great command — going to a 3 ball count 7 times on the 21 batters he faced, and the Yanks hit the ball hard several times but weren’t able to make it amount to anything.
The 6’8 righty used a lot of 92-MPH sliders and 99-MPH four-seam fastballs intermixed with some filthy 83-MPH curves to stifle NY. Glasnow improves to 7-4 3.12.
Tyler Glasnow, 99mph Fastball and 83mph Curveball, Overlay pic.twitter.com/hwZde48P2t
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 26, 2023
3. Tampa Bullpen Tough
- Robert Stephenson, a 6’2 righty, came in for the 7th and pitched a 1-2-3 innings, striking out 2 — strikeout, groundout, strikeout.
- Jason Adam, a 6’3 righty, came in for the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out 2 — groundout, strikeout, strikeout.
4. LeMahieu Hot
DJ LeMahieu got the only 2 Yankee hits — a single with 1 out in the 6th, and a single leading off the 9th against ace reliever Pete Fairbanks. With NY down 3-0 and needing another baserunner and a blast — Fairbanks struck out Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres and got Giancarlo Stanton to pop out for the old ballgame.