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Yankees offense, Nestor Cortes struggles in 7-0 loss to Diamondbacks

Nestor Cortes had an eerily similar start to Opening Day, but the Yankees lineup couldn’t pick him up this time as New York lost 7-0 to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in Arizona.

The loss is the first of the young season for the Yankees, as the team scored only three hits Zac Gallen and Arizona’s bullpen.

Here are the takeaways….

– Just like on Opening Day, Cortes gave up three runs in the first inning. On Tuesday, those runs came on five basehits. In the first inning through his first two starts, Cortes has given up a total of six runs on eight hits and two walks. The southpaw would settle down after his rough start, getting in and out of trouble.

Cortes worked five-plus innings (88 pitches, 57 strikes), giving up three runs on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts. The 29-year-old left-hander gave up fewer runs but gave up more hits in his second start of the season.

If Gerrit Kool said during the JA broadcast, he thought his teammate’s pitches had too much plate and the Diamondback hitters were just all over it.

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-The Yankees lineup faced a tough test in Gallen. The Cy Young-caliber righty put down eight straight Yankees at one point. Despite Gallen’s dominance, the Yankees got their chances early.

In the first inning, Gleyber Torres started with a walk, but was erased on a double play ball Juan Soto. After a Aaron Judge walk, Anthony Rizzo grounded. In the second, back-to-back two-out singles of Anthony Volpe And Oswaldo Cabrera were wasted then Jose Trevino struck out swinging.

Gallen finished after six innings (96 pitches, 56 strikes) and gave up only three hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

-The Yankees could have been in bigger trouble, but Arizona ran into some outs of its own. A bunt followed in the first inning Jorge Barrosa was hit too hard by Rizzo, who shot the runner at home. Trevino then threw to third base in an attempt to get the runner, but a heads-up play by Cabrera eliminated Barrosa at first base as he tried to get back on a wide spin.

In the sixth, with one out and men on first and third base, Jake McCarthy was eliminated trying to steal second place. Arizona would not sustain a run.

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-The Yankees bullpen was great to start the season, but had a tough inning on Tuesday that broke the game wide open for Arizona.

In the seventh, Victor Gonzalez was the victim of a Cabrera mistake to get things going. Then he walked Blow Alexander, force Aaron Boone to make changes Jake Cousins. Cousins, who made his first appearance with the Yankees after being acquired from the White Sox, made one error Christian Walkerwho launched a 96 mph sinker into the zone 450 feet above the left field wall to put the Diamondbacks ahead 6-0.

Austin Wells didn’t start, but came in as a pinch-hitter and ended up in the eighth inning, which wasn’t his best behind the plate. Maybe it’s because it was the first time he caught Cousins, but Ketel Marte reached first base on a swinging strikeout as a pitch got past the catcher.

Two batters later, Wells let a ball go past him, allowing a run to score.

-Soto had a pedestrian evening compared to his hot start to the season. The left-hander went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. His single in the sixth inning extended his career-high mark of 39 straight games. It is also the longest active streak in the MLB.

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Volpe and Cabrera continue their great start on the record. Volpe went 1-for-3, but struckout twice. The young short stop’s average dropped to .529 this season. Cabrera finished 1-for-2 with a walk and is now hitting .409.

Game MVP: Zac Gallen

Gallen finished third in the NL Cy Young voting last season and Tuesday was a prime example of why.

While the righty doesn’t have any overpowering stuff, his repertoire of pitches and how well he mixed them kept the Yankees’ lineup off balance. Even when his control at the start was questionable, he made the throws to get out of tough situations.

He got Soto to ground into a double play and get a strikeout in this one. He also sent Volpe and Judge to search. The Yankees had only one runner in scoring position against Gallen.

In two starts this season, Gallen has given up just one run in 11 innings (0.82 ERA), while giving up just six hits.

What’s next

The Yankees conclude their three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 3:40 p.m.

Carlos Rodon will take the hill, opposed by Merrill Kelly.

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