Saturday, April 19, 2014

Yankees Bullpen Gets Shelled by Rays
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

April 18th, 2014

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 5 Rays 11

Coming off a big night on offense in Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, it was the Yankees pitching staff that got shelled on Friday, as in the loss the Rays scored 11 runs. The loss moves the Yankees to (10-7) on the season, and they are still atop the AL East by one game.

The Yankees offense got off to a quick start for the second straight game, as they chased Rays Starter Erik Bedard from the game quickly. Bedard lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk.

Scott Sizemore was the man to do most of the damage off of Bedard, as in the second inning with the bases loaded, Sizemore cleared them with a three-run double. Later in the inning Sizemore would score on a Brett Gardner fielder’s choice.

Hiroki Kuroda got the start for the Yankees, and left the game in line for the victory, but had the bullpen implode behind him. Kuroda finished going 5.2 innings allowing three runs on seven hits, and two walks. Kuroda was pulled from the game after Wil Myers made it a one-run game with a base-hit in the sixth inning that scored Matt Joyce.

The seventh inning was what did the Yankees in, as they blew their two-run lead that they had after an RBI single from Alfonso Soriano in the top half of the inning. Joe Girardi had to use three Pitchers to get through the inning, as David Phelps continued from the sixth inning, followed by Matt Thornton, and Adam Warren. All three Pitchers had an earned run against them in the inning.

After getting out of the seventh inning, Warren had problems in the eighth as well, as Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homerun off of him to extend the Rays lead to 8-5. Cesar Cabral came in for Warren, and was by far the worst Pitcher of the day for the Yankees. Cabral faced six batters, allowed three hits, and hit three with pitches before being tossed by the home-plate umpire.

Next up for the Yankees will be Game 3 of the four-game series against the Rays, as Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94) will be facing off against Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50) at 7pm on Saturday.

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