Rays Drop Fourth In A Row, Fall To Yankees 10-2
Rays Outscored 32-7 In Their Four Game Losing Streak
It was one of those nights where Rays fans just wanted to throw their hands up and say enough is enough as the New York Yankees pounded David Price and the Rays by a final score of 10-2. It was the Rays fourth straight loss and they have been outscored 32-7 in the four losses.
For those who look for historical signs ahead of the game it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Since joining the New York Yankees CC Sabathia has posted a record of 1-7 with a 4.75 ERA (72.0IP, 38ER) in 11 starts at Tropicana Field. He had not won a game in St. Pete in his last eight starts (0-5) with his last win at Tropicana Field coming back on April 10, 2010 when the Yankees defeated the Rays 10-0.
David Price had squared off against CC Sabathia nine previous times and the Rays had won eight out of nine with Price posting a 6-1 record with a 2.41 ERA (59.2-IP, 16-ER) in those game. Including tonights game 10 of his 21 starts against the Yankees have come against Sabathia.
The Yankees jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Brian McCann RBI single in the top of first inning and added three runs in the second inning on four hits including three extra base hits to push their lead to 4-0.
The Rays appeared to be mounting a rally against Yankees starter CC Sabathia in the bottom of the second inning. Evan Longoria led off with a double and Wil Myers walked to bring Sean Rodriguez to the plate. The hope was short circuited in the quickest of ways as Rodriguez sent a grounder to Yangervis Solarte who stepped on third and fired to Brian Roberts at second who turned and threw to Scott Sizemore at first for the triple play. CC Sabathia was pitching the previous time the Yankees turned a triple play. (April 12, 2013, against Baltimore).
The Rays put the first two men on in the fourth inning as Logan Forsythe singled and Evan Longoria reached on an error on Brian Roberts but Wil Myers hit a hard grounder to shortstop Derek Jeter and the Yankees turned a double play as Forsythe moved to third. Sabathia was unable to escape the inning without damage as he uncorked a wild pitch to allow Forstyhe to score from third and the Rays had cut the lead to 4-1.
David Price had settled into a rhythm and after retiring Derek Jeter on a groundout and striking out Carlos Beltran had retired seven in a row but Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann hit back to back homers to push the Yankees lead out to 6-1. Price struck out Scott Sizemore to end the frame and his night was over. He worked five innings allowing six earned runs on ten hits striking out six and walking one.
Heath Bell entered the game in the sixth inning and he was immediately greeted by a Brian Roberts double. Roberts eventually came in to score on a Jacoby Ellsbury sacrifice fly to push the Yankees lead to 7-1.
Bell stayed on to begin the seventh and left with two men on base and two out but Josh Lueke was unable to get out of the inning allowing a Brian Roberst RBI single to plate the Yankees eighth run (unearned run). Grant Balfour finished the game working the ninth inning and allowing a 2-run homer to Yangervis Solarte.
Sean Rodriguez belted a home run off Sabathia to lead off the seventh inning to cut the lead to 8-2. Sabathia finished the inning and on the night he went seven innings allowing two runs (one earned) striking out six and walking two. Delan Betances came in to work a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to end the game.