By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 22nd, 2013
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Rays 5 Yankees 7
The New York Yankees were able to win their second straight game against the Tampa Bay Rays, this time in come from behind fashion to ensure at worst a split in the four-game series. The win moves the Yankees to (41-33), which is three games behind the Red Sox for first place.
C.C. Sabathia's woes against the Rays continued on Saturday afternoon, but with a lot of run support, Sabathia was able to notch his eighth victory of the season. Evan Longoria got the Rays on the board in the second inning off of Sabathia, which was Longoria's 17th of the season, and third of the series. The big hit off Sabathia came in the sixth inning, as rookie Wil Meyers hit a Grand Slam off of Sabathia, which made it a 5-3 game, and was Meyers' first home run since being called up. Sabathia finished going seven innings allowing five runs on six hits, and two walks.
The Rays started one of their top pitching prospects Alex Colome, but he was a little wild, and his defense wasn’t very good behind him. Colome went 4.1 innings allowing three unearned runs on five hits, and five walks. The legend of Zoilo Almonte grew a little bit more, as in the third inning Almonte had a RBI single to score Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano, and then in the fifth inning with the bases loaded Almonte showed great patience working a walk.
The Yankees offense would get the come from behind win off of the Rays bullpen, which wasn’t good at all on Saturday. Peralta ended up getting the loss for the Rays, as a walk to Cano and then a double by Lyle Overbay, followed by a walk to Almonte led to Peralta being pulled. Jake McGee would come in a right away strikeout Jayson Nix, but then walked David Adams, which scored Cano, and then pinch hitter Vernon Wells came thru with a clutch two-out bases clearing double to give the Yankees the 7-5 lead.
David Robertson and Mariano Rivera went thru the eighth and ninth innings with relative ease, as Robertson pitched a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts for his 17th hold of the season, and then Rivera came in to earn his 26th save of the season in the ninth.
Next up for the Yankees will be Old Timers Day, and after the great festivities Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.16) will be facing Chris Archer (1-3, 5.03).