There are certain games where you need almost everyone on your 25 man roster to contribute in order to win. Those are the games that take close to five hours to play. For the Yankees, everyone from Preston Claiborne to Dean Anna contributed to this one as the Yankees beat the Rays 5-1 to earn the split of the weekend set in Tampa,
After possibly losing Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery until mid-2015 (we’ll know more tomorrow), the Yankees are going to need another starter. Enter Vidal Nuno, who was limited to 75 pitches as a starter, something it seems like he’s more comfortable with.
It was scoreless until the fourth inning. Alfonso Soriano led off the inning against Cesar Ramos with a double. Three batters later, Brett Gardner hit a shot that Wil Myers tried to sell that he made a leaping catch at the wall on to end the inning. After a review, the ball clearly hit the wall first. Soriano scored and Gardner was credited with a double.
The Yankees defense would betray them in the seventh. James Loney singled off Matt Thornton. Brandon Guyer hit a shot to third that Yangervis Solarte made a nice pick on but Brian Roberts dropped the throw and everyone was safe. Enter Adam Warren, who gave up a single to load the bases. Matt Joyce would then hit a sac fly to tie it.
Both teams would threaten multiple times but wouldn’t score. The innings would go by. 10. 11.
Finally a breakthrough in the 12th. Solarte led off with a walk off Heath Bell. C.J. Riefenhauser would enter for Tampa. After a fielder’s choice and a lineout, Brian McCann would single and the Rays would intentionally walk Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases to face Anna. After an eight pitch battle, Anna would draw a walk and the run would score after the third base ump ruled Anna didn’t swing.