Yankeemetrics: June 30-July 2 (Rays)

It was a frustrating homestand for the Yankees. (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports)

It was a frustrating homestand for the Yankees. (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports)



Marathon Men
Monday night’s 12-inning loss to the Rays was the third game between the teams lasting at least 12 innings, and the second time the Yankees lost to the Rays at home in a game that long this season.

It is the first time the Yankees have played at least three games that went 12-or-more innings against the same team in a season since 1965 vs the White Sox. The last time the Yankees lost two home games of at least 12 innings against the same team in a season was in 1967 vs the Orioles.

Brian Roberts sent the game to extras with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. He is the first Yankee second baseman with a game-tying home run in the ninth inning since Bernie Allen in 1972 against the Brewers.

After 81 games, the Yankees record is 41-40 with a -33 run differential. That is their worst run differential halfway through the season since 1990, when they were outscored by 77 runs at the midpoint.

The Yankees have never made the made playoffs in a season when they had a negative run differential through 81 games.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer continued his domination of the Yankees, lowering his career ERA against the team to 1.51 in five starts. He is the first pitcher in the last 100 seasons to pitch at least six innings and allow no more than two runs in each of his first five career games against the Yankees.

Price is Right
The Yankees wasted a gem by Hiroki Kuroda as their bats once again went cold in a 2-1 loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Kuroda entered this game with a 6.94 ERA in six career starts vs Rays, his worst ERA vs any team in his career, but delivered one of his best pitching performances of the season with eight innings of two-run ball.

This was Kuroda’s third loss this season in which he went at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs. The last Yankee right-hander to have three such losses in a season was David Cone in 1999.

Derek Jeter reached another milestone against David Price, with a leadoff double in the fourth inning. It was his 534th career two-bagger, tying Lou Gehrig for the franchise record.

David Price outdueled Kuroda, giving up only one run in seven innings. It was his fourth straight start against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium allowing no more than two runs with at least seven innings pitched. He is the first visiting pitcher with a streak like that since Roger Clemens in 1996-98 for the Red Sox and Blue Jays.

Welcome to Life Under .500
With the loss to the Rays on Wednesday, the Yankees dropped to 41-42 and are under .500 this late into a season for the first time since 2007.

The Yankees were swept by the Rays, and have actually lost their last four games vs the team, matching their longest single-season losing streak against them (also in 2005, 2011).

Ichiro Suzuki started in center field, becoming the first 40-year-old to start a game in center for the Yankees in franchise history. The last player to do that for any team was Jim Edmonds for the Reds in 2010, and the last AL player was Kenny Lofton in 2007 for the Indians.

Brian McCann hit his 10th homer of the season in the third inning. He is the seventh catcher (at least 50% of games played at catcher) in major-league history to hit 10-or-more home runs in at least nine of his first 10 MLB seasons. The others: Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Johnny Bench, Lance Parrish, Benito Santiago, and Mike Piazza.

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