Saturday, June 22, 2013

Zoilo Almonte Shines in Yankees Victory
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 21st, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Rays 2 Yankees 6

The New York Yankees were able to snap their two-game skid on Friday night, with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays to even their series up at a game a piece. The win moves the Yankees to (40-33) on the season, which is 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.

The offense wasted little time getting on the board against Roberto Hernandez, as in the first inning Robinson Cano hit a sac-fly to score Brett Gardner for the first run of the game. Ichiro Suzuki would knock in the Yankees next run in the third inning on a RBI ground out, which scored Austin Romine. In the fourth inning the Yankees would load the bases with none out, but Jayson Nix grounded into a double-play, as Travis Hafner scored for the third run. With two outs and Lyle Overbay on Third Base, David Adams was able to have an infield single to score Overbay, and give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. The sixth inning is where the now legend of Zolilo Almonte began, as in his first major league start he hit his first career homerun off Hernandez, and gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Almonte in his first start was great, and it will be hard to imagine him out of the lineup on Saturday, as he went three for four on Friday. For Hernandez it is just yet another bad start in what has been a bad season, as he now has eight losses.

Lyle Overbay would tack on another run for the Yankees in the eighth inning with a RBI single off Cesar Ramos, which scored Robinson Cano.

David Phelps wasn’t great but was certainly good enough to deserve a win, and he did getting his fifth victory of the season. Phelps went 5.2 innings allowing two runs on eight hits, and one walk. The Rays only got to Phelps in the third and fourth innings for one run in each, as Ben Zobrist had and RBI infield single in the third to score Yunel Escobar, and then Luke Scott had a RBI single that scored James Loney.

The bullpen was very solid for the Yankees after Phelps, as they used Boone Logan, Shawn Kelley, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera to pitch the final 3.1 innings. Only Robertson allowed a base runner, and with Kelley pitching in the seventh inning Joe Girardi may have found his new seventh inning man.

Next up will be a Saturday afternoon game, as C.C. Sabathia (7-5, 3.93) will be facing Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00).

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