Tropicana Field continues to be a house of horrors for the New York Yankees and I, for one, am thrilled this series is over and that the team is returning home even if it's for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Tonight, Andy Pettitte was tough luck loser. He shut down the Rays until when fifth inning when he was victimized by a Brennan Boesch error and then by a Ben Zobrist double that made it 2-0 Tampa. And again in the sixth when Sean Rodriguez hit a solo shot to make it 3-0.
Pettitte's final line was 6.0 IP, seven hits, three runs, two earned, one walk and 10 strike outs. Yes, 10. This is the first time he's lost a game in which he's struck out 10 or more batters since July 20, 2000 when he lost to the Tigers. He's also had five no decisions in that span.
The Yankees offense was baffled by Alex Cobb who threw 8.1 innings, gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out seven.
Of course, the Yankees made it interesting in the top of the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney who came into the game to pick up the last two outs.
The Yankees had the tying run at the plate but alas, couldn't capitalize. They finished this six game road trip 3-3.