Blake Snell on Rays’ Game 1 loss to Yankees: “It Was a Weird Night For Me”
Blake Snell had a rough outing on the mound, but assures the series isn’t over.
It was the opener of the ALDS as the Rays took on the Yankees, but ace Blake Snell didn’t feel he could get it going on the mound. And it showed on a night he gave up three solo shots to Kyle Higashioka, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Judge.
“Overall, it was frustrating,” said Snell. “The solo shots, the curveball to Judge; that was a stupid pitch. Cause I threw so many before that and I know how he thinks. So I already knew that was a bad pitch, that was just me not thinking. The catcher (Higashioka), down and in fastball; I just missed my spot. That’s another frustrating one. Especially cause I know he’s aggressive and likes to swing early.”
Snell lasted five innings on 84 pitches, while allowing four earned runs. A grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth inning off John Curtiss provided the Yankees with insurance as they took game 1 of the series 9-3. Although Gerrit Cole was tagged with two home runs himself, the Rays couldn’t pick up on the offense.
“I didn’t feel good, I gotta be better than that,” said Snell. “Especially when we get three runs off Cole, we gotta be able to win that game. There’s a lot of things that are frustrating, but just tip your cap to them. They did a good job. They were patient, they were aggressive when they needed to be. So overall, just tip your cap to them.”