The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays tonight by a score of 5-4. AJ Burnett lacked any sort of command, but still ended up with a no decision, while David Robinson got a much deserved win. With the victory, the Yanks are now 56-37 on the season and inch closer to the Red Sox.
I feel like all I read today on other blogs and news sites was how the Yankees would take advantage of a tired Tampa Bay Ray team, who played late into the night against the Boston Red Sox. Well, it was the entire Yankee team that looked lethargic today, so throw that theory out the window. AJ couldn’t locate his fastball, which led to a season-high six walks. He also cost the Yanks a run on a silly error, where he rushed himself throwing the ball to first when he had much more time than he thought.
As for the offense, it really wasn’t there. The Yankees went their fourth straight game without a homer, which is their longest such stretch of the season. As much as we may not like to admit it, this team lives and dies with the home run ball, and since A-Rod has been hurt, they haven’t hit, period.
Today’s big contributor was Brett Gardner, who went 1-2 with an RBI single. His best play of the game was a takeout slide at second base which allowed Eduardo Nunez’s ground ball be just a fielder’s choice and an RBI instead of an inning ending double play. This hit, which tied the game at four, looked like it would be the turning point of the game. Russell Martin walked on a 3/2/2 count with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to score Curtis Granderson. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a W.
Stats and Happenings
Un-Happy Birthday!: Ramiro Pena turned 25 today – and celebrated by having an emergency appendectomy this morning. Some birthday… he will miss four to six weeks.
Idiot: If I had national secrets and was being tortured, the most effective way to get whatever information out of me would certainly be forcing me to listen to ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball with Rick Sutcliffe. For example, talking about the poor stadium in St. Petersburg, Rick states “I think what everyone wants down here is just a new stadium.” Yes Rick, that’ll happen quickly, because there is such a demand for a new stadium to hold 19,612 people to attend your average home game for the Rays agree.
17: How long, in minutes, the delay was when lightning hit Tropicana Field in the top of the fifth. That stadium is just cursed.
The Yanks have another night game tomorrow night in the Tank. See ya there.
7:05 PM, YES. Bartolo Colon (6-5, 3.47 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21 ERA)