Yankees' Losing Streak Continues: Ninth Consecutive Defeat In Face of Favorable Setup

Photo: Instagram/Carlos Rodón

In a match where all the elements seemed aligned for the Yankees, they faced another disappointing outcome on Tuesday evening.

The return of Carlos Rodón from the 15-day injured list to take the mound, along with the call-up of prospects Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza, should have provided a boost. Additionally, their opponent was struggling, sitting below a .500 win-loss record.

Despite these advantageous circumstances, the Yankees found themselves unable to break free from their losing streak, succumbing to a narrow 2-1 defeat against the Nationals in the first game of a three-game series held at Yankee Stadium. This marks the team's ninth consecutive loss, the longest such slump since September 1982.

Carlos Rodón showcased an impressive performance, pitching six solid innings with only one run conceded—a solo home run by Carter Kieboom in the third inning. Notably, Rodón managed this feat with just 68 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.

This outing also matched his Subway Series debut on July 26 in terms of the fewest runs allowed in a game this season. Despite Rodón's efforts, the Yankees' offense remained stagnant, mustering only one hit across six innings against the Nationals' starter, Josiah Gray.

Catcher Ben Rortvedt provided a glimmer of hope with a home run to answer Kieboom's shot. However, the Yankees struggled to capitalize on their hits, as they managed just one additional hit against the Nationals' bullpen.

Trailing by one run, the Yankees failed to mount a comeback, ultimately allowing CJ Abrams' solo home run in the eighth inning to become the decisive game-winning hit. Despite having all the pieces seemingly fall into place, the Yankees find themselves in a challenging situation, striving to break free from their prolonged losing streak.

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Source: MLB

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