New York Yankees Recap: Yankees Fail To Sweep Rays, Lose 3-2 In 13 Innings


The New York Yankees (13-9) had a chance to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays (12-10) for the second time in the month of April. However, a James Loney two-out single to right in the top of the 13th inning against Chasen Shreve gave the Rays the lead, and ultimately, the win by a final score of 3-2.

It was Michael Pineda who got the start for New York in the place of Masahiro Tanaka, who was put on the 15-day disabled list last night. Pineda didn’t have his best changeup today, but he used his slider to get some key outs. In 5.2 innings of work, he gave up two runs on six hits, walked two batters, and struck out five in the no decision.

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The Rays got the scoring started against Pineda in the top of the fourth inning. Pineda got the first two outs of the inning, but ran into trouble. After singles by James Loney and Logan Forsythe, Kevin Kiermaier ripped a two-run triple to right center to give Tampa a 2-0 lead.

Even though the Yankees had trouble making contact against Rays starter Drew Smyly, they were able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. That’s when Chase Headley led off the inning with a solo shot to left field, his third of the season. New York would tie the game in the following inning when Chris Young also hit a homer to left, his fifth of the season.

Other than Headley and Young’s home runs and two singles by Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees had a tough time making contact against the Rays left-hander. Smyly went six innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out ten batters, and walked one.

All in all, the Yankees struck out 16 times today. Once Smyly left the game, reliever Steve Geltz struck out all five Yankees he faced before exiting the game with two outs in the eighth inning.

As for New York’s bullpen, Justin Wilson came in for Pineda with two outs and Forsythe on second in the sixth. In the one batter he faced, he got Kevin Kiermaier to fly out to right to get out of the inning. After that inning, David Carpenter, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, Chris Martin, and Chasen Shreve would throw eight innings, giving up one run on one hit, striking out a combined eight batters and walking four.

The Yankees did try to rally in the bottom of the 13th against Ernesto Frieri when Chris Young hit a one out single to left field. That rally quickly ended when Alex Rodriguez grounded into a game ending 6-4-3 double play. A-Rod went 0-for-5 on the day with four strikeouts as he will bring his quest for home run number 660 to Fenway Park.

Next Game: The Yankees will have the day off Thursday before beginning a seven game road trip. It starts on Friday when New York takes on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park at 7:05 PM ET. You can catch the game on YES and MLB Network. CC Sabathia (0-4, 5.96) gets the start for the Bronx Bombers against Justin Masterson (2-0, 5.16).

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