One thing is for sure right now with the New York Yankees, they could use a bat or two. Whether it is internally (Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson) or via the trade route, the team could use some additional sticks. The offense continued to struggle against Matt Moore, as the Rays beat the Yankees in the first of four, 8-3.
The Rays got on the board in the second, when Wil Myers and Yunel Escobar singled, advanced on Andy Pettitte’s wild pitch, and scored on Jose Lobaton‘s sac fly. They added to it in the third, when three straight singles by Desmond Jennings, Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist plated one run, and Evan Longoria‘s sac fly made it 3-0. The score stayed that way until the sixth, when Longoria hit his 15th homer of the year leading off the inning.
The Yankees lone rally came in the bottom of the sixth. Reid Brignac singled, and Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix walked to load the bases. Brignac scored on Matt Moore’s wild pitch. Robinson Cano followed with a sac fly, and Travis Hafner‘s groundout made it 4-3.
The Rays would extend their lead off Pettitte in the seventh. Jennings and Rodriguez hit back to back doubles to make it 5-3. In the eighth, Longoria hit his second homer of the game. Matt Joyce would add a two run blow to conclude the scoring.
YGY Player Of The Game: Longoria
Notes: Michael Pineda‘s rehab continued today for Class-A Tampa. He gave up two runs in four innings, walked one and struck out three.