Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yankees Lose to Rays, Ending Postseason Chances
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

September 25th, 2013

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Rays 8 Yankees 3

The New York Yankees lost yet again to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, and with the loss the Yankees are now (82-76) on the season, and have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this season.

Yankees Starter Phil Hughes got the start in this one, and in all likelihood pitched his last game as a Yankee, and earned his 14th loss of the season. In the first inning Hughes gave up a RBI double to James Loney, which scored Wil Myers. In the third inning Hughes would fall apart and get pulled after a RBI single by David DeJesus, the Rays would load the bases leading to the hook from Joe Girardi. Hughes final start as a Yankee wasn’t good at all, as he went just two innings allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. Hughes will be entering free agency after a horrible season going (4-14) with a 5.19 ERA for the season.

David Huff would get the Yankees out of the bases loaded jam only allowing one run, which was charged to Hughes, but Huff would struggle after that. In the sixth inning the Rays would break the game open, as Evan Longoria hit a three-run home run, which was followed up by a solo-home run from DeJesus, making it a 7-2 game. Huff would finish his relief appearance going 3.2 innings allowing four runs on five hits and one walk.

David Price came through with a very good start for the Rays, as he picked up his ninth win of the season, helping the Rays continued push for a Wild Card spot. In the first inning Robinson Cano would answer the Rays first inning run with one for the Yankees with a RBI double that scored Eduardo Nunez. In the third inning Nunez would get the best of Price with a solo-home run, which was his third of the season. Price wouldn’t allow anymore runs after that though, as he finished going seven innings allowing just two runs on six hits, with eight strikeouts.

In the eighth inning the Yankees would get their final run of the game, as with the bases loaded Lyle Overbay was able to work a walk off of Joel Peralta, but Peralta would get Curtis Granderson to ground out after that to end the inning, and end the Yankee threat.

Longoria in the ninth inning would get one more run for the Rays for good measure, as he hit another home run this time being a solo-home run off of Preston Claiborne, and Longoria now has 31 home runs for the season, nine of which have been against the Yankees.

Next up for the Yankees will be their final game at home for the season, as Mariano Rivera will say goodbye to Yankees Stadium, and Ivan Nova (9-5, 3.13) will be on the mound to face Alex Cobb (10-3, 2.90).

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