Game 94: Yankees 2, Rays 3

Colon had Tampa hitters baffled early, though the Rays finally got to him in the fifth.  Sam Fuld tripled to center with one out.  Reid Brignac lined a single to right and the Rays were on the board, trailing the Yankees 2-1.  Russell Martin caught Brignac stealing and Colon struck out Damon to end the inning and the threat.

The Yankees had an opportunity to add to their lead in the seventh.  With two outs, Brett Gardner singled to center and stole second.  Eduardo Nunez worked a walk and with two speedy players on base, the Yankees pulled off a double steal before Derek Jeter grounded the ball back to first to end the inning.

Colon struck out B.J. Upton to start the bottom of the inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to Robinson Chirinos and Sean Rodriguez.  Joe Girardi then called on Boone Logan, while the Rays replaced Fuld with Justin Ruggiano, who hit a high fly ball to center.  It looked like Curtis Granderson was going to make the easy play, but he appeared to lose the ball in the ceiling of Tropicana Field as it dropped a few feet in front of him, loading the bases.  Eliot Johnson hit what looked like a routine comebacker to the mound, but it bounced off Logan’s glove and the tying run scored.  Johnny Damon hit a fly ball to center, on which Granderson made an impressive sliding catch, though he was unable to make a throw to keep Rodriguez from scoring the go-ahead run.  Logan struck out Matt Joyce to end the inning, but the Yankees’ ugly play had got the best of them as they fell 3-2.

Bronx Cheers:
Derek Jeter: Jeter went 0-4 with a strikeout and leaving two runners on base.

Boone Logan: While it doesn’t show up in the box score, Logan was anything but effective tonight.  He was not helped with the defense the Yankees played in the seventh, but he allowed both his inherited runners to score and committed an error of his own.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-3 with a strikeout.  He also was charged with a throwing error, though his sliding catch was impressive.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: Cano went 1-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  His homer accounted for all of the Yankees runs.

Brett Gardner: Gardner went 2-3 and picked up two more stolen bases.

Bartolo Colon: Colon looked a lot better, going 6.1 innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks.  He struck out nine hitters, picking up at least one K in each inning he pitched.

In the On Deck Circle: New York will try to get back on track on Wednesday, when Freddy Garcia takes the ball.  The Yankees’ starter had put together an impressive string of outings before giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over just five innings last week.  Tampa Bay will send David Price to the mound, and this time he will not need to worry about any Yankee legends pursuing major milestones, as he did when he gave up Derek Jeter’s 3000th (and 3001st, 3002nd…) hit in his last start against New York.  Price has been deadly against left-handed hitters this season, who are hitting just .158 against the southpaw.  First pitch is at 7:10pm in Tampa.

5 thoughts on “Game 94: Yankees 2, Rays 3

  1. JayJay

    How much longer can the Jeter-leadoff saga last?

    • I would not be surprised at all to see him leading off (at least more often than not) for the rest of the season. Despite going hitless last night, Jeter is hitting .311 over his last ten games, and the Yankees and Girardi have shown no signs of wanting to move him permanently from the top of the lineup.

  2. Jacques

    How much longer will Logan stay in the big leagues?

    • The Logan thing is perplexing to me. He seems to always start off terribly and then suddenly for a portion of the season he is quietly good – before he blows up again. Seriously, I don't know what to make out of the guy.

  3. tom

    Can someone explain Robot Joe bullpen logic?

    He thinks it's the end of the night for Colon (which is fine); he sees the #8 and 9 hitters due up – Sam Fuld and Reid Brignac. They are both lefties so OBVIOUSLY you bring in your lefty specialist?

    Who would you rather face?
    .243,avg 3HR, 663 OPS
    .197avg, 1 HR, 462 OPS

    or

    .267, 4 HR, .742 OPS
    .200, 3HR, .607 OPS

    Does Joe not realize the second he brings in his lefty, Maddon pinchits for two of his weakest hitters in the lineup and replaces them with 2 better hitters, and nullifies the platoon adavntage? Is Girardi familiar with the pinch hit rule or did he just think Maddon would forget? It's either a righty facing two lefties or a lefty facing two righties… if Logan was some sort of stud bullpen arm you choos e based on the better pitcher, but Logan is Logan and don't you choose the weaker hitters in that situation?

    I know it sounds, counterintuitive, but why not bring in a righty reliever in that situation? Just when I think Girardi can't become a worse tactician, he manages to lower the bar. Sadly the move would have worked out if Logan knew how to catch a baseball, and Girardi probably thinks the only thing wrong with the move was the execution.

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