April 17th, 2014
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 10 Rays 2
The New York Yankees were able to head down to Tampa Bay and start off their four-game series with the Rays on a positive note, notching a 10-2 victory. The victory moves the Yankees to (10-6) on the season, which keeps them atop the AL East by two games.
C.C Sabathia was able to avoid his woes in Tropicana Field on Thursday night, as a place that has been a nightmare for him the past few seasons was friendly to him this time around. While earning his second win of the season, Sabathia went seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits, two walks, and was able to strikeout six batters.
For the Rays their ace and former Cy Young award winner David Price just wasn’t on against the Yankees, as a rare bad outing for Price led to his first loss of the young season. Price finished going just five innings allowing six runs on 10 hits, and one walk.
The Yankees bats were alive and well early against Price, as Brian McCann knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury with a base-hit to the left side of the infield to avoid the shift in the first inning. In the second inning it was two triples from Brian Roberts and Ellsbury that really gave the Yankees some breathing room, and led to a three-run second inning.
In the fifth inning the Bronx Bombers showed up, as Alfonso Soriano hit his fourth homerun of the season followed up by a homerun from McCann, which was his third long ball of the year.
With the game well in hand for the Yankees in the ninth, their nice surprise this season Yangervis Solarte was able to connect with his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot off of Grant Balfour.
Coming out of the bullpen for the Yankees in this game was only Dellin Betances, as with the big lead he was all the Yankees need to finish up the final two innings, and he did it with ease, only allowing two walks, and striking out three.
The Yankees were able to complete their first triple play of the season in the fourth, as the rookie Solarte started a 5-4-3 triple play against Sean Rodriguez, as it was just over one year since the Yankees last completed one.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 2 of the four game series on Friday night, as Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.68) will be facing off against Erik Bedard in his first start of the season.