By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 23rd, 2013
New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 2 Rays 7
The New York Yankees couldn’t keep their momentum from sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays into Tampa Bay against the Rays on Friday, as they were defeated in the opening game of the series. The loss moves the Yankees to 6.5 games behind in the AL East, and four games behind for the two Wild Card spots.
Rays Starter Chris Archer gave his team a great start against a red hot Yankees team, as the strong start earned Archer his seventh win of the season. The Yankees offense did get the lead in the first inning off of Archer however, as Alfonso Soriano was able to single home Brett Gardner. The final run the Yankees would score in this game also came off of Archer in the sixth inning, as Robinson Cano grounded out, which allowed Gardner to score once again. Archer finished going seven innings allowing just two runs on four hits, and two walks, as Archer seems to certainly have the Yankees number this season with three very good starts.
Hiroki Kuroda looked nothing like the Pitcher that has been seen of late, as the horrible start from Kuroda led to his ninth loss of the season. The Rays hit Kuroda really well, and that started in the second inning with a Jose Lobaton three-run home run, which was his sixth of the season. In the third inning Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce would go back to back off Kuroda, giving the Rays a 5-1 lead at the time. Lobaton would get to Kuroda again in the fourth inning, driving in David DeJesus with a single. In the fifth inning Ben Zobrist would join the home run part with a solo-shot of his own, which was his 10th of the season.
One positive the Yankees maybe can take out of this game was that in mop up duty Joba Chamberlain actually pitched pretty well going two perfect innings in relief, with a strikeout.
Next up will be a tough match-up for the Yankees on Saturday, as C.C. Sabathia (11-10, 4.83) will be facing David Price (7-5, 3.29).