Storms threatening and looming, splitting the sky over the stadium later in the game as the front moved in on the previously warm, sunny early May afternoon. The Rays and Yankees each with a win in this weekend series, looking to duke it out for the win and take the series.
CC Sabathia took the start in today’s game against the Rays and promptly got himself in a bit of trouble. Only throwing 77 pitches through 3.2 inning, Sabathia gave up 10 hits, 5 runs, a walk, and just 3 strikeouts. Those runs happened in the 1st inning as the lead-off batter got a double and then scored on a ground-rule double; then in the 3rd, with 2 men on base with a double and walk, a Rays batter promptly hit the very rare inside-the-park home run (due to Ellsbury’s leg getting caught in the outfield wall); and an RBI double in the 4th. That 3rd inning really did him in today, and a young Rays power-hitter consistently seemed to have his number today.
All before they mercifully sent in long-term reliever (and recent call-up) Alfredo Aceves.
Aceves was worth the effort, providing some much needed relief today, stopping the advancing Rays, and finishing the game in just 72 pitches, 5.1 innings, 3 hits allowed, and 5 strikeouts. Honestly, Aceves was a breath of fresh air after a disappointing start today. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing if he can continue in this kind of outing.
While Aceves was certainly great for keeping the Rays from adding to their lead, the Yankees offense didn’t really spark in the same way. In the 2nd, Teixeira and Soriano on base with a single and a double, only Teixeira would score on Solarte’s sacrifice fly. It would be the only run the Yankees would get all day. They were simply out-hit by the Rays today 13 Ray hits to 7 Yankee hits. Blame timing, blame the weather, blame the lingering exhaustion — just excuses. It just wasn’t going to happen today. So the Rays take the game 5-1 and the series 2-1.
And the Yankees are off to the West Coast. Perhaps a fresh start, a new chapter, a change of scenery is exactly what they need to come back revived and fresh and raring to go. Again, I’m just trying to continue my positivity, and that means finding hope where there doesn’t seem to be any. And there’s always hope. Even if it’s a sliver of light in the darkest of rooms, there’s always hope somewhere. I guess it says a lot for this East Coast girl to be grasping for hope on the other coast, but sometimes you have to take what you can get. Besides, the Yankees are still in 1st place in the AL East.