After shooting Nick Nelson from this match in the Boone captured in the head of home plate umpire Chad Whitlock and had been pitched into a 9-2 defeat into the Rays that place the Yankees back where they had been when they began the string: in third position and 4 1/2 matches behind front-running Tampa Bay.
The Yankees grew frustrated Thursday that DJ LeMahieu, not known for losing his cool, contended with Whitlock following a called third strike in the eighth. LeMahieu subsequently went back into the dugout and slammed his helmet onto the bat rack -- despite the last strike call was right.
There was also terrible umpiring by Whitlock supporting the plate, offering a generous strike zone into Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who limited the Yankees to two runs in the complete game victory. The Rays had not had a whole game because 2016.
However, the Yankees had expected to gain ground on the Rays from the four-game show in The Bronx and neglected to do so.