By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 4th, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Final Score: Rays 5 Yankees 1
In Sunday's finale of the three-game series between the Rays and Yankees, the Yankees were unable to win the rubber game with C.C. Sabathia on the mound against Erik Bedard. The loss moves the Yankees to (16-14) on the season, but they are still atop the ultra tight AL East.
Once again for the Yankees like much of last season, C.C. Sabathia struggled, as their has to be some major concerns brewing about the former ace after a poor start to the season. In already his fourth loss of the season, Sabathia allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk, as Joe Girardi had to pull him in the fourth inning with things getting out of hand. In 2014, Sabathia has an ERA of 5.75, as what the Yankees hoped would be a bounce back season for Sabathia isn’t looking like that at all.
Rays Starter Erik Bedard shutdown the Yankees offense on Sunday for his first win of the season, as the Yankees offense struggled to get anything going against him. Bedard went six innings allowing just one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out three batters. The Yankees were only able to produce a run in fourth inning, as Yangervis Solarte hit a sac-fly to score Mark Teixeira.
Alfredo Aceves made his return to the Yankees on Sunday, and saved their bullpen after the poor start from Sabathia. Aceves pitched 5.1 innings allowing just three hits and struckout five batters, in a huge performance out of the bullpen.
Wil Myers had a monster game for the Rays, as the young talented Rays outfielder owned the Sabathia. In the third inning Myers hit a three-run inside the park homerun, and then in fourth inning had a RBI double for a nice four RBI day.
On Saturday the top of the Yankees order caused havoc, but on Sunday the first three batters in the Yankees order did absolutely nothing. Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, and Carlos Beltran went a combined zero for 12 at the plate.
Next up for the Yankees will be a trip out to the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as David Phelps (0-0, 3.86) will be making his first start of the season against Jered Weaver (2-2, 4.00) on Monday night.