Rays score only three runs, but that was good enough to beat Yanks 3-1

tampa-bay-rays-v-york-20130623-204035-797The Yankees can’t score runs. The team got seven hits on the day, but Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte got three and two of those respectively, which meant that the rest of the team wasn’t in a position to knock them in. Gardner scored the sole Yankee run on the day, as Rays starter Chris Archer pitched six innings of one run ball.

Ivan Nova made his first appearance since returning from the minors. He wasn’t bad. He wasn’t good either, but he wasn’t bad. He gave the Yankees 6.2 innings, striking out seven while walking only three. He left with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at one a piece. Boone Logan came in to get out James Loney. Instead, Loney knocked a single into shallow center that scored Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist. That was your ball game.

The loss brings the Yankees overall record to 41-34. That keeps them close to a playoff position on the season, but if the season ended today the Yankees would be on the outside looking in. More concerning, the Yankees have now allowed more runs than they’ve scored. They have a negative one run differential on the season. As the Bombers’ luck with their veteran pickups is starting to run out this year it is also beginning to seem like the Yankees are heading in the wrong direction. Only five games separate first and last place in the AL East. Every game against a division rival counts moving forward.

The Yankees have Monday off before the Texas Rangers come to town and the team begins a 20 game stretch. Things won’t be getting easier.