Yankees Frustration Hits Boiling Point In Loss To Rays
By Jason Evans
Everyone has a breaking point. Whether it’s a constant losing as a team, or just someone you just can’t stand keeps jabbing at you and you finally snap. The Rays hit four Yankee batters during last week’s series including Chase Headley getting hit in the face. Yes the Rays pitch inside and you know what? That’s okay. However, the Yankees have a right to defend themselves and they did.
After Derek Jeter was hit in the eighth, Joe Girardi went out and complained and got tossed. David Phelps came in in the bottom half of the frame and threw inside to Kevin Kiermaier. The benches cleared and Phelps and Tony Pena were tossed in the Yankees 6-1 loss to Tampa.
The Yankees got their lone run off Jake Odorizzi in the second inning. With two out, Chris Young doubled and Ichiro Suzuki drove him home with a single.
The Yankees, like they’ve done all year blew chances all game. Second and third with one out in the third. Brett Gardner pops out and Brian McCann strikes out.
Yankees got the first two on in the fifth;line out, flyout, strikeout.
The Rays took advantage of more Yankee miscues in the bottom of the frame. Keirmaier reached on Brendan Ryan‘s error. Ryan Hanigan walked. Michael Pineda then dropped the ball at first base on Ben Zobrist‘s groundout allowing the run to score.
In the sixth, Nick Franklin doubled and Matt Joyce walked and Franklin went to third on a wild pitch. Yunel Escobar executed a perfect safety squeeze and the run scored.
The Rays broke it open in the seventh off the bullpen. Zobrist walked and four straight singles by David DeJesus, Evan Longoria, James Loney and Franklin brought in two runs. Wil Myers then hit a shot to center that Jacoby Ellsbury made a great diving catch, but two runs scored.
Tomorrow night at 7:10 could be very interesting. Brandon McCarthy will take on Alex Cobb.