After a handful of letdowns within the New York Yankees starting rotation, the front office was well aware that they needed to make moves before the MLB Trade Deadline. With that, in return for infielder Jorge Mateo, right-hander James Kaprielian, and outfielder Dustin Fowler, the Yankees acquired Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray.
Gray, who had not pitched since July 25th, previously expressed his confidence and desire to get back on the mound. Going up against the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees were seeking their first victory since Monday, back when they defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 7-3.
Gray had a lot of expectations to live up to, as he started the 2017 campaign with a record of 6-5 record, with a posted ERA of 3.43.
Heading into the game against the Indians, Gray was not to blame in the early stages. With three fielding errors occurring within the first inning, the Yankees defense allowed for the Indians to jump to an early 2-0 lead.
As time went on, Gray settled down, not allowing for another run to score until the sixth inning, as Johnny Gomes doubled to left field, allowing for Santana and Guyer to score with one swing of the bat.
During his six innings of play, Gray allowed 4 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, but had 6 strikeouts in his first ever loss in pinstripes.
What does this spell for the Yankees? Quite nothing to be honest. The Yankees offense has been quiet for a majority of the week so far, so Gray simply wasn’t put in a position to win the game on Thursday night. With plenty of more opportunities to come his way, Gray should find himself settling in within his new home.
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