Just as the Yankees were getting ready to enjoy their time atop the A.L East, the celebration didn’t even last 24 hours.
After coming off a 3-run 9th inning comeback in Friday night’s game, Yesterday, the Yanks faced off against the Rays in an afternoon showdown; the second game of the home stand.
Saturday’s game ended up being another pitcher’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Jason Snell. Both offenses struggled to put any runs on the board as the score remained 1-1 through 10 innings.
Tanaka was outstanding for a second straight outing, but it came with an asterisk. He allowed three hits, with no walks and struck out six in 6 scoreless innings, but left the game after a ground ball hit his foot in the 7th.
Tampa’s Jason Snell and the rest of the bullpen pitched brilliantly as the Yankees offense only mustered 8 hits and struck out a combined 15 times.
With the Baby Bomber offense reeling, Tampa capitalized late when Austin Meadows’ homered to right field off Luis Cessa with one out in the 11th. It gave the Rays a 2-1 lead and would not relinquish as they made Gary Sanchez ground out into a game-ending double play. I
t was another night to forget for Sanchez as he struck out 3 times before the 5-4-3 double play. Serenaded by a chorus of boos, Sanchez walked back to the dugout as the Rays jumped back into the A.L East division lead.’
In a post-game interview Aaron Boone stated that he still has the utmost confidence in Sanchez.
“Obviously a tough day for him, and I look forward to him getting back in there tomorrow behind the plate and getting back at it. They make it as tough as anyone with what they bring in from the pen and with Snell going today.”
The Yankees will look to regain the A.L East lead later today as they face off against the Rays at 1:05 P.M. Tune in to 640 The Hurricane as Yankees reliever Chad Green (13.97 ERA) will look to make his 10th career start against an undefeated (4-0) Charlie Morton.