By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 23rd, 2013
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Rays 3 Yankees 1
On the always fun Old Timers Day in the Bronx, the New York Yankees were unable to get the win against the Tampa Bay Rays with so many Yankee greats in attendance. The 3-1 loss moves the Yankees to (41-34), which is still 2.5 games behind the AL leading Boston Red Sox.
Ivan Nova made his return to the Yankees, but despite pitching much better than he had, he picked up the loss which was his second of the year. Nova looked shaky early, as the Rays go on the board quickly in the first with a Ben Zobrist base hit that scored Matt Joyce. Nova would calm down and pitch extremely well until hitting back to back batters in the seventh inning with two outs. Shawn Kelley would come in for Nova, but he walked Evan Longoria to load the bases, and with a lefty in James Loney up Joe Girardi quickly pulled Kelley for Boone Logan. Loney would get the best of Logan however with a two out two run single, which ended up being all the Rays would need for the win.
The Rays started one of their young guns in Chris Archer, and he showed why he is so highly praised in the Rays organization, as he earned his second win of the season. Archer would go six innings allowing just one run on six hits and one walk. The Yankees only run off Archer came in the first inning, as Robinson Cano hit a sac-fly that scored Brett Gardner for the Yankees only run of the game.
The bullpen for the Rays was very effective pitching the final three innings of the game, as Jake McGee and Joel Peralta pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth Fernando Rodney looked like the Rodney of 2012 earning his 15th save of the season by striking out the side.
The Yankees will be off on Monday before playing 20 straight days heading into the All Star break, and on Tuesday Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.78) will be facing Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.84).