The only time Gary Sanchez put the ball in play on Saturday, that put an end to any chance of a second consecutive win for the Yankees.
The sumptuous platinum sombrero could have been a favorite result. Instead, Sanchez finally made contact, then embarked on a 5-4-3 double game in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Yankee Stadium Rays.
It was a memorable day for the slugging catcher. In his first four goals, Sanchez knocked out three times against the Rays starter, AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell, and once by reliever Emilio Pagan.
And in his fifth game against Jose Alvarado, closer to Tampa Bay, against which Sanchez imposed during the rally winning Friday night, he was a victim of double murder.
"Tampa can do that to you. You face Snell. It's a challenge, "said manager Aaron Boone after the end of his team's winning streak.
"Obviously, his day has been tough and I can not wait for him to come back tomorrow behind the plate. They make the task as difficult as anyone with what they reported from the pen and with Snell today. "
Sanchez, who suffered in his second play-off of the season, battled heat from the Rays pitchers. As a designated hitter, he whistled on Snell's 97-mph fastball in first base and blocked two men on base at third base, while he was unable to divest. a fast 3-2 ball out of the strike zone.
Sanchez was caught staring in the sixth by Snell and was swept away by Pagan in the eighth, descending on three grounds and hearing scattered boos.
Boone, however, did not seem too worried. Sanchez has a productive year, with a .263 / .342 / .646 slash line, 12 home runs, 22 RBIs and a .988 OPS. He entered Saturday after being sure to hit four of his previous five games.
As Boone pointed out, the staff of the Rays pitchers can give a good hitter a bad picture – and that's certainly what Sanchez did in the case of the 11 innings .