Game 35 Recap: Rays 3 Yankees 2

Teix Out vs TB When you get 7 innings and 3 ER from your 5th starter, you should win the game.  When you get that starting pitching performance and have your offense going up against the guy who came into last night leading the AL in Hard Contact %, you should definitely win the game.  The Yankees didn't win the game last night, falling for the second straight time for the first time in a long time.

The start of the game was eerily similar to the other night.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on to set the table, heart of the order singles them in.  Just like that, 2-0 Yanks.  And just like the other night, they never scored again.  They had plenty of opportunities.  They left a runner at third with 1 out in the 2nd, ended up stranding 2 in the 5th on a bad decision to send Mark Teixeira home on a single, and had at least 1 man on base in 7 of the 9 innings.  They couldn't put anything together when they needed to.  It happens.

Warren gave them a fighting chance though, and if this was his final start before being replaced in the rotation by Capuano, it was his best one to date.  It didn't look good when he gave up a solo home run in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd on a pair of doubles and a bloop single placed perfectly between Carlos Beltran and Jose Pirela in right, but after that Warren was lockdown.  He worked the next 5 innings scoreless and navigated the final 3 he pitched in perfect order.  Tip of the cap to you, Mr. Warren.

Andrew Miller is now officially the closer, so it was odd to see Joe go to him in the 8th inning.  But Miller has actually gone from slightly overworked to very underworked in the last week and Joe wanted to get him some work.  He came in and struck out the side on 10 pitches, so he was obviously pretty rusty.

Tough game to lose, as was the previous one, but no cause for concern.  The Yanks weren't going to play .750 ball for the rest of the season.  Think of these last 2 games as results normalizing a smidge.

Game Notes:

- Teix and Brian McCann each went 2-4 and drove in one of the 1st inning runs.  Too bad neither of those other 2 hits could have gone for extra bases.  The Yanks had 10 team hits last night and all of them were singles.

- Rob Thomson thought the Teix decision was a good send.

- Stephen Drew got the start at third base and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and a bobbled play in the field.  That move is paying dividends already.

- A-Rod went 1-5 with a K and left a lot of ducks on the pond in his trips.  That'll probably cost him some ASG votes.

- Seriously, how disgusting is Andrew Miller?  10 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 outs, deuces.  And that was with him supposedly being rusty after pitching only once since last Friday.

- The 7 strikeouts by Warren to 1 walk was a nice addition to his line.  He hasn't shown nearly the strikeout ability as a starter this year as he did out of the 'pen last year.  I think he's been acceptable as a 5th starter, but I'd rather see Capuano there and Warren back in his primary middle relief role.  That part of the bullpen needs a lot of help.