Chris Archer Responds, Rays Belt Five Home Runs In 14-1 Drubbing Of Yankees
The Tampa Bay Rays received a dominating performance from Chris Archer  (2-1, 3.65 ERA) and the Rays offense continued to scald the ball crushing five home runs defeating the New York Yankees 14-1 to pull their record back to .500 at 9-9.
The Tampa Bay Rays offense broke out on Friday night in an 11-5 victory. Manager Joe Maddon  hoped the team would use it as a reboot moment and hoped they could avoid the “here we go again syndrome” if the hard hit balls were caught.
Unlike other nights the Rays offense was not in danger of having their hard hit balls caught as they belted five home runs including a pair each by catcher Ryan Hanigan  and Wil Myers  and one by Evan Longoria . The five home runs accounted for nine of the Rays 14 runs on the night. It marked the first time that the Rays had two players have multi-homer games in the same game since June 11, 2006 against the Kansas City Royals.
The Rays remained relaxed and productive at the plate while Chris Archer  went to work against the Yankees. Left handed batters have hit very well against him in his career (.264) opposed to the .192 he has held right handed batters to. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was trying to capitalize on this by stacking his lineup with eight left-handed bats (including three switch hitters).
Archer was coming off one of the worst outings of his career in Baltimore (5IP, 12H, 7ER) on Monday night came back and tossed a gem at the left handed laden Yankee lineup.
He was outstanding as holding the Yankees to a single run in 6.2 innings of work on just three hits striking out four and did not walk a batter.
He turned the ball over to C.J. Riefenhauser  who retired Alfonso Soriano  on a groundout to third to officially enter his name into the baseball record books. Josh Lueke  worked a scoreless ninth.
Ivan Nova  left in the fifth inning with an apparent elbow injury and he will be evaluated further. He worked four innings allowing eight earned runs on eight hits striking out four and walking one. He was replace by Matt Daley  who worked an 1.1 innings allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits striking out none and walking two. Delan Bettances worked 1.2 scoreless innings and then turned the game over to utility infielder Dean Anna  who allowed two runs on three hits in his inning of work.
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