By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 30th, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Rays 4 Yankees 3

The New York Yankees after a showdown against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, couldn’t turn it around against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The loss to the Rays moves the Yankees to (41-40) on the season, which puts them 2.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.

Tampa Bay was once again given an excellent start by Chris Archer, who in his young career, has handled the Yankees quite well, and did again on Monday in a no decision. Archer went seven innings allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. The third inning was when the Yankees got to Archer after a he hit Ichiro Suzuki with a pitch, Brett Gardner would hit a triple, and then Derek Jeter would hit a RBI ground-out to Second Base to score Gardner. Archer would take a line-drive off the leg in the sixth inning, but remain in the game to finish off the inning, and then set the Yankees down 1-2-3 in the seventh inning to leave the game in position for the win.

Yankees Starter David Phelps gave his team a strong outing on Monday evening in the no decision, finishing going 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. The Rays were able to get to Phelps twice with two solo-homeruns in the first inning by Matt Joyce, which was his sixth of the season, and then again in the third inning by Kevin Keirmaier, his seventh of the season. Phelps would run into some trouble in the sixth inning with his pitch count getting high and two runners on, which led to him being removed for Adam Warren.

Things would get hairy for Warren in the seventh inning after getting Phelps out of a bit of a jam in the sixth inning. The Rays would load the bases with two outs, but Warren would stand tall and get Matt Joyce to ground-out to Second Base to end the threat and the inning.

It is becoming quite apparent that the Yankees bullpen is getting overworked, and that proved true in the eighth inning, as Dellin Betances was pulled from the game after two walks for David Robertson. Ryan Hanigan would win the match-up with Robertson, hitting a single into Left Field to score Logan Forsythe, making it a 3-2 Rays’ lead.

In the bottom of the ninth inning the Yankees would get some magic off the bat of Brian Roberts, who was able to smash a game-tying homerun into the Right Field seats off of Joel Peralta to tie the game at 3-3 and force extra innings for the Yankees.

Extra-innings wouldn’t be kind for the Yankees on this night, as in the 12th inning, Jose Ramirez wouldn’t be able to hold the Rays down. A walk to Brandon Guyer, and then a stolen base by Guyer would set up a Forsythe game-winning base-hit, handing Ramirez his second loss of the season.

Next up for the Yankees will be a tough match-up in Game 2, as Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.23) will be facing off against David Price (6-7, 3.63).