Well, the inevitable has happened. For only the second time since 1995, the New York Yankees won’t be a part of October baseball. The Yankees were eliminated tonight before their 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays when the Cleveland Indians won their game.
In what very well could be Phil Hughes last start as a New York Yankee, he did what he had done all season long; struggle. After a leadoff out, Wil Myers doubled. James Loney followed with a double of his own to make it 1-0. The Yankees would tie it in the bottom half. Eduardo Nunez led off with a double and scored when Robinson Cano drove him home with a double.
Loney got his second double of the game leading off the third. Evan Longoria, David DeJesus and Delmon Young singled to bring home another run and knock out Hughes. David Huff came in and got Matt Joyce out on a sac fly and eventually out of the inning down 3-1. Nunez made it 3-2 in the third with his third homer of the year.
The Rays would put it out of reach in the seventh. Longoria hit his 30th homer of the year after Ben Zobrist and Loney reached. DeJesus followed with his eighth homer of the year.
The Yanks tried to mount a comeback in the eighth. With one out, Ichiro Suzuki pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and singled. Cano singled and Vernon Wells walked to load the bases. Lyle Overbay drew a pinch-hit bases loaded walk to drive in a run, but Curtis Granderson would ground out to end the inning.
Longoria hit his second home run of the night in the ninth of Preston Claiborne.
YGY Player Of The Game: Longoria