Logan Forsythe Delivers As Rays Defeat Yankees 4-3 In Extra Innings
Logan Forsythe Comes Through In Clutch, Rays Win 4-3 In 12 Innings
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees by a final score of 4-3 in 12 innings. The victory improves the Rays record to 36-49 and to 9.5 gamesbehind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. It was the Rays 12th victory in their last 19 games.
Chris Archer was on the precipice of doing something that hadn't been done by a pitcher since Walter "Big Train" Johnson and that is defeating the New York Yankees in each of his first five starts against them. Johnson pulled the trick way back in the 1907-1908 seasons.
Jake McGee came in and worked the eighth inning and had to wiggle out of a 2-out jam when the Yankees Brian McCann dropped a flare in front of Brandon Guyer that probably should have been caught but Guyer had taken his first step back and was unable to recoup the lost ground.
On the play Jacoby Ellsbury did the Rays a favor by not hustling all the way and then not picking the third base coach up who was waving him home. McGee ended the threat by getting Carlos Beltran to pop out to Ryan Hanigan in foul territory to end the inning.
The two strikeouts tied the Rays with the 2002 Chicago Cubs for the most strikeouts by a pitching staff in a month with 286.
The Rays scored the winning run in the top of the 12th. With 2-outs Brandon Guyer walked, stole second, and came in to score on a RBI single by Logan Forsythe off Yankees reliever Jose Ramirez (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
Brad Boxberger (1-1,2.97 ERA) came in to work the 11th inning and after the Rays took the lead he stayed in to work the 12th. He struck out Ichiro Suzuki to lead off the inning to give the Rays pitching staff the record for the most strikeouts in a month at 287.
The Long Ball:
Matt Joyce homered for the 3rd time in the last two days and Kevin Kiermaier hit a homer for the third consecutive game. Joyce gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth and Kiermaier pushed the lead to 2-0 in the top of the 3rd.
Yankees Score Twice To Tie The Game:
Archer ran into trouble in the third as the Yankees tied the game at 2-2. He hit Ichiro Suzuki with a pitch to lead off the injury and Brett Gardner sent a ball into the corner that eluded Kevin Kiermaier to allow Gardner to race around to third and Suzuki to score the Yankees first run. Derek Jeter grounded out to plate Gardner and tie the game at 2-2.
Yankees Use Long Ball To Tie Game In 9th: