By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 2nd, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Rays 6 Yankees 3
The New York Yankees were unable to avoid the sweep at home against the last place Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, and the Yankees have now fell to under .500 at (41-42) on the season.
Notably missing from the Yankees lineup tonight was Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury. Teixeira being out of the lineup was a bit more concerning due to him having to get his knee drained, but is expected to be back for the series in Minnesota, and Ellsbury got the day off for just overall soreness.
Yankees Starter Vidal Nuno really struggled on Wednesday, as he was handed his fifth loss of the season. The first run against Nuno came on a passed ball by Brian McCann, which allowed Kevin Kiermaier to score from Third Base. In the fourth inning, Sean Rodriguez would single home Logan Forsythe for the Rays second run of the game. In the next inning, Brandon Guyer would single in Desmond Jennings, and then Ben Zobrist was gunned down at the plate by Brett Gardner on a poor base-running decision by the Rays.
Joe Girardi brought Nuno out for the sixth inning, but a lead-off single by Forsythe led to him being pulled for Shawn Kelley, who then gave up a bomb to Rodriguez, which traveled 445ft, and broke what was a tie game at the time.
Going against Jake Odorizzi, Brett Gardner got the Yankees offense started with a bang, hitting a solo-homerun, which was his eighth of the season to lead-off the game. In the third inning, the struggling McCann hit a solo-homerun, which was his 10th of the season, and McCann had a good 2 for 4 day at the plate. Gardner would notch his second RBI of the day in the fourth inning with a base-hit that scored Alfonso Soriano. The Yankees went an awful 1 for 9 with RISP, once again missing lots of opportunities.
After Odorizzi went 5.2 innings, the Rays bullpen was great, combing to go 3.1 innings allowing just two hits, and one walk, while striking out six batters to give Odorizzi his fourth win of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins to start their road-trip, as Masahiro Tanaka (11-3, 2.10) will be facing off against former Yankee Phil Hughes (8-4, 3.58).